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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

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a certified wound, ostomy and continence nurse working in Reno, NV, who deals with fistulas in my work. They are devastating for the patient and really difficult to treat, in the best of medical circumstances.
Through reading Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times, I became aware of the Fistula Foundation.
That anyone would even want to take up this cause is amazing, but furthermore, the organization spends 82% of its donations on the actual cause, while only 7% goes to overhead and 11% to fundraising.
I was in San Jose recently and stopped by their headquarters to give them a cheer. They are a dedicated, passionate and lean machine and so worthy of your contribution.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I know for first hand experience that you are making a great contribution working with one of our partner organisations
Brian Hancock. chairman Uganda Childbirth Injury Fund.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organisation with honest and transparent people. Thanks to Dr Steve and Lindsey for their keen interest and honest supervision. May God provide more resources to enable us reach more women in all affected corners of the world.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm the program coordinator for Beyond Fistula in Kenya. We are involved in the reintegration of young girls and women post fistula surgery. We are so grateful to Fistula Foundation for their support of our program and all they are doing to alleviate the suffering of women in Kenya!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are the US based sister organization of CCBRT in Tanzania - one of the largest providers of comprehensive fistula treatment in East Africa. Fistula Foundation provides incredible support and resources, and they are always willing to share their knowledge. Their partnership has enabled us to improve the lives of thousands of women; we're stronger and more effective because of the work they are doing, and the work they are supporting.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a fistula surgeon having worked in over a dozen African countries I have frequently come across projects funded by the fistula foundation. I can say from experience the money goes to projects on the ground to make a real impact on fistula repairs and the lives of countless Women. As well as supporting surgeons work they are actively supporting education programs for safe motherhood promotion.
I rate the organisation very highly.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first read about the Fistula Foundation in the book "Half the Sky". Even as a physician who chose to practice as a home birth midwife, I was unaware of such birth injuries as fistulas. If a labor wasn't progressing, we transferred to a nearby hospital.

I have donated to the Fistula Foundation for over ten years. It supports truly life changing treatment for so many women in so many countries, isolated and outcast by their birth injuries. It thrills me to be able to contribute to actually giving a new life to a woman in need.

Linley E.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

This foundation provides a service that most women in the Western world would not even understand: my support for the foundation is given because i believe that women around the world can support each other. I work in the area of obstetrics and women's health and the long term effects of fistula are devastating... but so is the effect of simple surgery and recovery. let's help to change lives for good

1 Mal W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Some years ago I worked as a consultant to the Fistula Foundation, helping Kate Grant increase the effectiveness of the organization's fundraising activities. Afterwards, I continued to advise Kate from time to time on fundraising and governance. Recently I agreed to join the board of directors -- because I am so very impressed with the effectiveness and the efficiency of the organization's operations. I've worked with hundreds of nonprofits over the years. The Fistula Foundation is one of the most impressive organizations I've ever come across.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As a pelvic health physiotherapist, I have treated only a few women with obstetric fistula because it is relatively rare here in Canada. however this devastating, but treatable, condition is so prevalent in certain parts of the world where women are so vulnerable in so many ways. This charity helps to provide the care for these women to save their lives from unthinkable pain, disability and ostracization. The communication from this organization is sensitive and respectful. I received a postcard personally signed by the fistula surgeon in Kenya to thank me for my donation. I fully support the work of the Fistula Foundation.