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Worldwide Fistula Fund Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Karla R.1

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

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!

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!

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that does incredible work. I am more than happy to be a part of it, and support everyone involved. Especially the women....they need us!

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WFFund 10/04/2017

Thank you! Your contributions go so far toward helping these women and girls accomplish so much!

CaseyShipman

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an incredible organization and I am so thankful to be a part of it, as a donor, supporter, Associate Board Member and staff member! WFF does such powerful work for individual women and whole communities and countries. I cannot recommend them enough to future supporters!

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WFFund 10/03/2017

Thanks, Casey! You have done and do great work for WFF. We appreciate your dedication to our cause!

Laura338

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm constantly impressed with the efforts of the people running this non-profit. What a great cause - hope someone will make a documentary about it one day ;)

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned about Worldwide Fistula Fund from the book Half the Sky. I had never heard of such a horribly, devastating condition as obstetric fistula before then. I was so moved by these women and what Worldwide Fistula Fund is doing to give them their lives and dignity back. I believe everyone should know about the incredible work Worldwide Fistula Fund is doing.

Donor

Rating: 5

WWF does a remarkable job of raising awareness and funds to help victims of fistula heal and rejoin their communities, as well as to provide health training for OB-GYN professionals to aid in prevention and increased treatment. I recently attended a fundraiser in Chicago and was impressed with the passion, professionalism and compassion of every person involved. Keep up the good work!

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization run by wonderful people. I had the pleasure of meeting several of the staff members, a survivor and partner, and other donors at their last event. Amazing experience. They're doing incredible work for women and girls in Africa. Very highly recommended.

Jennifer605

Donor

Rating: 5

An excellent organization that does real and lasting good, helping women whose lives have been overturned by traumatic childbirth experiences get back on their feet both via surgery and skills training so they can take control of their own futures once their bodies have healed.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Worldwide Fistula Fund is a great non-profit which seeks to help women who suffer from what can be defined as modern day leprosy - obstetric fistula. Obstetric fistula is a childbirth related injury most prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia resulting from prolonged, obstructed labor which causes a hole between the women’s vagina and rectum causing her to be incontinent, sometimes for years. WWF supports hospitals and physicians in Niger, Uganda and Ethiopia. The result, not only are women repaired physically – a miracle for them - but are repaired holistically through education and vocational training.

Sylvia20

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing charity working tirelessly restoring health and dignity, ending unspeakable pain and trauma to countless women!

Beth181

Donor

Rating: 5

WFF meets women in their most wounded and traumatized realities and accompanies them on the path to health- physical, emotional and communal. By focusing on the healing of each individual woman they are shining a high intensity light on the need for our healing as societies and as a species, by honoring the power and integrity of women. WFF communicates their successes but is not intrusive in its marketing. I am so honored to be a member of their supporters.