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Worldwide Fistula Fund Inc

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Causes: Health, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: The Worldwide Fistula Fund is an incubator, funder, and promoter of innovative solutions to improve global women’s reproductive health. The Worldwide Fistula Fund supports research, treatment, prevention, and social service programs directed at obstetric fistula and related maladies, with a special emphasis on improving the capacity of low-resource countries to meet these health care needs.

Results: Women receive Life-Changing Surgery at Danja Fistula Center in Niger and at Referral Hospitals in Uganda. WFF identifies and transports women to fistula surgery performed by Expert Fistula Surgeons. WFF offers Recovery and Ongoing Support to women including comprehensive post-operative care, meals, counseling, and integrated physical therapy overseen by WFF’s Rehabilitation Advisory Council. Women participate in Education and Vocational Skills Training in literacy and health , as well as embroidery , handcrafting jewelry, catering and more. WFF also launched the Women’s Empowerment Center in Uganda in collaboration with TERREWODE. WFF supports Advocacy and Support Groups by providing ongoing counseling, as well as connecting survivors to local survivor groups. WFF improves global women’s reproductive health and childbrith safety through capacity building in low-resource countries to meet women’s health care needs. WFF provides Expert OB-GYN Training through our enhanced OB-GYN residency training program, Mekelle Medical Education Collaboration, and our specialized Urogynecology Fellowship training program, both launched in partnership with and at Mekelle University in Ethiopia. WFF funds Community Health Advocate Training where community members learn to raise fistula awareness and to encourage giving birth in health centers.

Target demographics: women suffering from childbirth unjuries

Direct beneficiaries per year: 550

Geographic areas served: sub-Saharan Africa

Programs: Danja Fistula Center, Niger Women's Empowerment Center, Uganda Mekelle Medical Education Collaboration, Ethiopia

Community Stories

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thanks to WFF, women worldwide are able to live a restored life, in a community that integrates all of their needs including: surgery, physical and occupational therapy, social work and counseling, clean living spaces, adequate nutrition, and a caring community. I have seen the women transform from being very scared, nervous, and reluctant on their first day at the clinic to being fully ALIVE and restored as they are integrated in the community at the fistula clinics supported by WFF.

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WFFund Thank you for such a wonderful review, Karla. We couldn't do it without your help!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the board of directors for the Worldwide Fistula Fund since 2016. I continue to be amazed and impressed by this organization's expanding contributions to women's health in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger and Uganda. The small staff and highly engaged board deliver surgeries, vocational training and rehab for women, as well as training and healthcare capacity building for physicians and allied healthcare professionals to generate a huge return on investment from a relatively small budget.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Worldwide Fistula Fund provides life changing services for the world's most vulnerable women. The organization's achievements include building a hospital in Niger where more than 1000 fistula surgeries were performed in the first 5 years, launching the first urogynecology fellowship program in Ethiopia that continues to train local doctors and build healthcare capacity, and providing clinical and social reintegration services for women in Uganda and Niger. I am proud to support this organization.

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WFFund 10/11/2017

Thank you for your review! We couldn't accomplish any of it without your support and hard work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Obstetric Fistula is an overlooked problem of whcih most perople are unaware. However, once someone hears about the life of a women afflicted with fistula the compassion rises to the surface immedaitely.

WFF is really making a difference.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been an enthusiastic supporter of the Worldwide Fistula Fund since its beginning in 1995. I have been a volunteer and served on the Board of Directors over the years.
The Worldwide Fistula Fund provides excellent care for women suffering from obstetrical fistula, helping to prevent, treat and restore them to their place in society. This is an outstanding organization! Thank you!
Helen

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WFFund 09/19/2018

Thank you for your wonderful testimony, Helen! You gave this organization deep roots; thank you for your dedication to women and girls with childbirth injuries!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the board of directors of this amazing organization for over six years, including as its chair and treasurer. Through its programs, it is building sustainability in Africa to lower the incidence and prevalence of obstetric fistulas. The Worldwide Fistula Fund has trained more doctors in expertly performing surgical repairs of the injury than any other single philanthropic organization. Its intervention is comprehensive, including educating women about prevention, providing physical therapy to address neurological damage, and training post-op patients in a vocational skill so they are integrated back to their community with a sense of value and restored dignity.

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WFFund 09/19/2018

Wonderfully put, Nancy! Thank you for your continued dedication to women and girls with childbirth injuries!

Board Member

Rating: 5

WFF is an organization that directly addresses an unmet medical need through the offering of services, patient and community education, and by raising awareness of preventable devistating injury associated with childbirth. Every dollor raised directly supports the efforts to improve the lives of women who suffer from these conditions in west Africa. To learn more about the impact of childbirth injury, and obstetric fistual in particular, I recommend Tears for My Sisters, a book by the WFF founder L. Lewis Wall.

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WFFund 09/19/2018

Thank you for sharing your experience with WFF and for helping to lead this organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Worldwide Fistula Foundation is committed to helping African women suffering from devastating childbirth injuries that threaten their relationships resulting in pain, isolation, and abandonment. I have been a member of the WFF board since May 2016 and have witnessed the compassion and care of these dedicated board members and volunteers. They are passionate in their advocacy and provision of direct medical care and raising funds to underwrite this life changing service. Kudos to all those who support WFF with their treasure, talents, and time.

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WFFund 09/19/2018

Thank you for sharing your experience with WFF!

drewarenth

Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently joined the board of Worldwide Fistula Fund (WFF). This is an organization with stalwart dedication to individual impact. Many organizations get distracted by bureaucracy, public image, and individual interest. WFF does not suffer from this lack of focus. Each member of the board, the team, and the community with whom I have had the pleasure of engaging is singularly dedicated to helping women suffering from obstetric fistula. This obscure maternal health complication is curable and more importantly, it is preventible. It is something we can eradicate if we can gather the moment. There are many problems that we simply cannot solve. This is not one of them.

I am very excited to be a part of this team and I commit to seeing the end of obstetric fistula in our regions of impact. Come join us, be a part of our global maternal health community!

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WFFund 08/15/2018

Thank you for your dedication to ending fistula, Drew! You bring such a positive energy to the BOD, and we are so lucky to have your expertise help guide our organization to success!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WFF is a terrific organization doing work that provides women and girls with fistula and other childbirth related injuries a chance for a better life. Fistula is no longer common in the US (although it was in earlier days) but it still happens regularly in the less developed areas of the world. The medical professionals and support team at WFF are making it a priority to not only cure the fistula issue, but also to heal the whole person through after care, community reintegration and vocational training. A truly holistic approach. Well done WFF!

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WFFund 08/15/2018

Thank you so much for your commitment to healing women inside and out!

kkdvashon

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a Past President of a Seattle nonprofit, One by One Fight Fistula. I have been working with women in Africa to develop programs for educating about, treating and preventing fistula for over 10 years. One by One, after extensive research, decided to join forces with Worldwide Fistula Fund this year. The Board of WWF is professional, efficient, highly skilled, diverse, and caring. We have the same mission and approach-appreciating the dignity of our ladies with fistula and those who work with them in Africa and supporting programs they are developing on the ground in 5 African countries.

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WFFund 08/15/2018

It's wonderful to see how seamlessly our organizations fit together. We're thrilled to be able to combine the wisdom, passion and expertise of OBO and WFF's vast network to fight fistula together! Thank you, Kathleen, for your dedication to this important work!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a newer Board Member, joining in early 2018 when another well respected Fistula non-profit merged with Worldwide Fistula Fund. I see absolute integrity in how services are delivered and money is stewarded. There is unwavering commitment among staff and board to help as many women with Fistula with the highest standards in holistic treatment. The aim is to make the biggest impact and to be strategic regarding how and where we work and with whom we partner. And there is gratitude, respect and commitment to all of our donors.

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WFFund 08/15/2018

Thank you so much, Susan, for your dedication to helping women with obstetric fistula and other devastating childbirth injuries. Your support and that of others like you is what makes this organization great!!

Patricia R.2

Donor

Rating: 5

No question, this is a good cause! A problem which can be solved with money. Not controversial, just heartbreakingly relevant to the helpless, innocent victims

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WFFund 01/23/2018

Thank you so much for your support and kind works, Patricia!

Board Member

Rating: 5

My experiences with WFF have been inspiring, challenging, and fulfilling. We are most grateful to all of our donors and endeavor to be good stewards, always using our resources for the greatest impact. Thanks to all.

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WFFund 10/30/2017

Thanks, Chris! Your devotion to WFF is amazing! Thank you for everything you do.

Board Member

Rating: 5

World Wide Fistula Fund is one of those unique organizations that not only provides direct service to women with childbirth injuries, but also partners with federal medical institutions, community outreach organizations and stakeholders to build health care capacity on the ground in multiple countries. The services range from training the next generation of doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff caring for women , to clinical and surgical care, social reintegration and prevention of childbirth injuries. They are also one of few organizations who engage in academically rigorous research to improve care delivery and assess outcome . Go WFF!

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WFFund 10/23/2017

Thanks, Dr. Nardos! Your dedication and hard work on the ground make so much of what we do possible! Go, Dr. Nardos!

Sarah S.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that is working honestly, tirelessly and enthusiastically to heal women and eradicate fistula for the future. My sincere thanks and full support goes to WFF!

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WFFund 10/13/2017

Thank you for your kind words, Sarah. WFF couldn't accomplish so much without your support!

Donor

Rating: 5

WFF is the oldest non-profit organization in the United States working on the problem of obstetric fistula. I have followed its work for over 20 years, heard its stories, read the papers that it has produced, and continued to support it. Very impressed with its long commitment to vulnerable women in Africa and for the good work that it does.

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WFFund 10/11/2017

Thank you for your review! We couldn't accomplish any of it without your support!

Tracy56

Board Member

Rating: 5

Thanks to the WFF, capacity building is occurring in a sustainable way for surgeons and physical therapists in Mek'ele Ethiopia. This charity is leading the way in providing sustainable interdisciplinary care for the women of Ethiopia!!

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WFFund 10/05/2017

Thank you, Tracy! We couldn't do it without your devotion and generous donation of time!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow! I cannot express how much the Worldwide Fistula Fund Inc. has impacted my personal and professional life. This organization has sprouted from the life passion of Dr Lewis Wall who started the WFF in order to provide sustainable medical care in developing countries for women with obstetric fistulas. The WWF is an on organization interested in providing not just the necessary surgical care but also the rehabilitation needs for the women as well. Women who have become victim to an obstetric fistula have a tremendous need for rehabilitation both before and after surgery so that they can go on to live productive happy lives. As a Physical Therapist, I was asked to volunteer my time and talents for this wonderfully deserving group of women. I have gained much in the process. I never imagined that my professional skills could be utilized for women in such a profound way! I am greatly appreciative that I can help and that WFF has a vision to provide sustainable care in the future! The brave women I have helped have given me insight into what is true inner beauty and for that I am grateful.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Worldwide Fistula Fund is a tremendous nonprofit and does so much for women who have suffered an Obstetric Fistula tears. This organization helps to restore victims and turn them into survivors. They also give them purpose and rehabilitate them as well as train them to earn a living. They give the women purpose so they no longer feel humiliated. I pray they continue the good work that they are doing.

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WFFund 10/05/2017

Thank you for this moving review! We can't do any of it without your support!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the work that the Worldwide Fistula Fund does to help women suffering from obstetric fistulas and education on their prevention. Not only does the organization provide the surgery to repair this devastating injury, but also focuses on helping these women reintegrate back into their community after treatment. After repair, these women are given their dignity back. Thank you for the WONDERFUL things you do!!

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WFFund 10/05/2017

Thank you for such a wonderful review! We couldn't do nearly so much without your support!

Donor

Rating: 5

WFF is an amazing organization that does a lot to help women who have suffered for a long time. It's important to bring awareness to the struggles these women are facing, and WFF does an amazing job at telling their stories.

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WFFund 10/04/2017

Thank you! Your contributions make a huge difference in helping us accomplish our goals!