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Causes: Health, International, International Development, Specifically Named Diseases

Mission: Fistula Foundation works to heal women suffering from obstetric fistula by funding treatment, surgeon training, and medical equipment. To date, we have funded fistula treatment in 31 countries.

Results: Fistula Foundation is the largest private charitable foundation not accepting government funding supporting fistula treatment globally. Wherever possible, we work to empower dedicated local doctors in developing countries. We fund fistula surgery, surgeon training, the building of hospitals and operating rooms that are dedicated to fistula surgery, as well as “mobile” care clinics in rural regions of the world where no hospitals exist. Would you like to know more? The real heroes are the partner organizations, the surgeons and the patients. All around the world, miracles are happening for young women living places like Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. We invite you to take a moment now to visit our website and to learn how our donors' dollars are being put to work. Learn about the challenges of healing women in war zones and meet dedicated local surgeons who work every day to treat women who are suffering. Why wait? Take the journey with us right now. Let it inform you, and perhaps deepen your own life and perspective.

Target demographics: the one million women worldwide who currently suffer from the childbirth injury obstetric fistula, which renders a woman incontinent until she can receive a reparative surgery, like those our donors help us fund.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,680 women received free, safe fistula repair surgeries. We also helped our partners throughout Africa and Asia by funding medical equipment and supplies, by funding surgeon training to expand the pool of surgeons who are able to perform more complex repairs, and by working with our partners to increase patient access to care.

Geographic areas served: countries throughout Africa and Asia, having funded fistula treatment in 31 countries since adopting a global mission in 2009.

Programs: obstetric fistula repair surgeries, patient identification, education and transportation, the training of obstetric fistula surgeons, and providing supplies and equipment to partners when needed to ensure that surgeries are conducted in as safe an environment as possible.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at the Fistula Foundation since 2010. While the tasks I help out with aren't earth-shattering themselves, I am so pleased to contribute to the organization's mission and always look forward to working with the extremely dedicated and enthusiastic staff at the Fistula Foundation. Though they are only a small group, they manage to create an incredible amount of support for some of the most marginalized women in the world. Their commitment to women's dignity in the face of fistula is inspiring, and I happily encourage others who support this cause to join them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work in northern Tanzania performing obstetric fistula surgery over several different hospital sites. Without a car this was proving to be very difficult indeed.
After approaching The Fistula Foundation and outlying the need, it was granted in a seamless and timely fashion. I can now reach more patients with greater ease and reliability.
Dr Andrew Browning
Director
Selian Fistula Project
Arusha
Tanzania.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I read an article in the paper about the Fistula Foundation and was bothered by the lack of medical treatment for many woman. I was upset for several days when I would think of the isolation and the loneliness these woman must feel. I also thought how lucky I have have been living in the United States with great health care. Having health care options when delivering my children as well as great after care is something I took for granted for myself and had never considered it would be different for woman around the world. As a woman I feel I must contribute to other woman in our world that are less fortunate than I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I have been back to work, my volunteer time has been cut back, but that doesn’t mean that my concern regarding this issue has declined.

It has always been a point of pride that I was able to volunteer for such a stellar entity addressing a fundamental concern for women. The opportunities to help -- whether with mailings, analyzing conference data, or gift fulfillment-- each was a welcome option to contribute.

Knowing the stringent adherence to donor wishes, and having participated in fulfilling donor desires regarding gift fulfillment, it has always been clear to me that the Fistula Foundation treats donor requirements for donations with integrity. There also is never any issue as to where the funds are going….they are going to the grantees in a timely fashion.

So thanks for the opportunity to contribute, whether time, talent, or funds, to an entity that deploys those contributions responsibly.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Three years ago while reading Dr. Catherine Hamlin’s book, The Hospital by the River: A Story of Hope, I was moved by the terrible circumstances women with a fistula have to face. When my friend introduced me to the work of the Fistula Foundation in 2010, I was thrilled to learn they support Dr. Hamlin’s work along with many other hospitals worldwide that offer the life changing fistula repair. Soon I became a donor and joined the Circle of Friends program as a volunteer. All my interactions with the staff at the Fistula Foundation have been incredibly rewarding. Although small, it’s clear the staff is hardworking, helpful, prompt, pleasant and creative. Their four star rating from Charity Navigator (five years in a row!) clearly demonstrates they are accountable and go the extra mile for those suffering with a fistula. I find the website very user friendly and I especially like the One Woman’s Story feature, highlighting stories of women who have had fistula surgery and received a chance to regain their health along with new life and new hope. It’s very powerful. As a mother of a child adopted from Ethiopia, I feel this is a great organization to team up with to help women in my child’s country of origin as well as other women around the world who suffer from this terrible condition.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an active Circle of Friends volunteer with the Fistula Foundation since the October of 2010 and it has changed my life. Girls and women with fistula are ostracized and cut off from society. At best they are existing rather than truly living. There hopes and dreams are lost. It is such an honor to raise funds for girls and women worldwide who are suffering from fistula so they can have access to free life-changing and hope-restoring surgery. Doing this along with the Fistula Foundation gives me the confidence that our donations will reach those in greatest need, that I will always be kept current about this issue through organization updates, and that through my efforts lives will be changed. The Fistula Foundation's passion is apparent in all they do and this organization makes serving these deserving girls and women pure joy! It is my hope that I can serve with the Fistula Foundation until fistula is eradicated!

Nerissa I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came across the Fistula Foundation when I was researching obstertric fistula.. My mother recently came from Ethiopia and she told me about the epidemic. I wanted to know how these women could get help and if there was anyone even trying to help them. I googled some more and The fistula Foundation finally popped up. I immediately wrote them to find out how I could help. Now I proudly wear their banner on my website. If each person can educate one other person about this epidemic that the Fistula Foundation is trying to help eradicate then we can see a bigger and better change soon.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Fistula Foundation and its small staff were extremely responsive to me and the many donors I solicited. They have sent thank you notes, newsletters and have continued to keep us informed about the needs of those with Fistula. Many of my friends have continued to support the Foundation and have been impressed by the work done.