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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

494 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been supporting The Fistula Foundation since I learned of them from watching Louis C.K. compete for them on Jeopardy!. In return I receive very thoughtful letters expressing gratitude of Foundation members and informative newsletters with pictures of those who are being helped. The Foundation also produces short videos documenting their progress for a YouTube channel. Watching those makes me feel really good about helping these people do what they do.

Donor

Rating: 5

A few years ago I happened to catch part of a documentary on obstetric fistula and my heart went out to the women had been so adversely affected by this condition. It was great to see the work of a doctor who had dedicated her life to helping these women and how a relatively simple operation could transform their lives. I sought out a way to make a contribution and found the Love-A-Sister program from the Fistula Foundation. I am happy that every year the money I give enables a woman to have an operation. and recover her quality of life.

Donor

Rating: 5

I knew this foundation by reading Peter Singer's book. Before that I didn't even know about this problem. I make donations every time I can. It's so important to give a new life to all these girls and women.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a nurse-midwife working in Ethiopia in the 1960s I saw many women in rural areas with obstetric fistula who could not access treatment. Fistula Foundation is filling an enormous void in women's health care. Fistula Foundation gets the story of these women out to the public who have little knowledge of this life changing problem. Because of Fistula Foundation's work care providers are trained, facilities are built and equipped and best of all WOMEN get their lives back. The best of value for every donation.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Fistula Foundation is a superb, five-star organization doing hugely important work on behalf of women who need, and are so grateful for, its help. The foundation gives heartfelt care in highly professional fashion in some of the most challenging medical landscapes and situations on earth. Also important, donated funds go at the highest possible percentages for care, not administrative costs.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Fistula Foundation ranks right up there with FINCA as my favorite international nonprofits. Like FINCA, the Fistula Foundation is highly professional, efficiently run and makes a direct contribution to the quality of individual lives in a way that goes on to serve broader communities. I developed an obstetric fistula during the delivery of my first child; had I lived in a less affluent country, she would have been my last child had she survived at all, and the rest of my life would most likely have been one of suffering, shame and isolation.

I am so grateful to the Fistula Foundation for giving me the opportunity to help my less fortunate sisters; I am also grateful for the invaluable work of Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times in bringing the plight of these women to my attention. The Fistula Foundation treats its donors with the same level of respect it treats its beneficiaries; the solicitations it makes are informative, uplifting, and appropriate in frequency and tone. Two thumbs way, way up!

Donor

Rating: 5

After watching "A Walk to Beautiful" I was very moved and had to do something to help these victims of the culture. I researched and found this organization helping the women who are abandoned and treated as outcasts through no choice of their own. Not only is my donation well spent they are truly changing the lives of these women by providing health care that does not otherwise exist. I appreciate that I am not constantly bothered to keep donating or that my donation is used to buy mailing labels, tablets, etc. as freebies to get donations.

Donor

Rating: 5

From the first time I saw Dr. Hamlin on with Oprah I knew this was an organization that I would support for a very long time. While the foundation continues to spread its efforts to so many countries it is sad that there are still so many women who continue to suffer this horrible condition and need the services of the Fistula Foundation.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Fistula Foundation has achieved great things in the 4 years I have supported them. They keep me updated as a supporter and not overwhelmed with updates. I feel satisfaction in knowing that I can be a part of this wonderful recognition of the value of caring for women's lives, their children and their communities by attending to this basic obstetric need. Thank you Fistula Foundation for your amazing work. Pamela Woods

Donor

Rating: 5

I had never heard of this condition before and I was horrified by its consequences. So glad to find out Fistula is there to provide a medical procedure to alleviate this condition. It helps me to make my monthly contribution. Excellent work Fistula.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so proud to support this organization. On an ugly subject most people would rather turn away from or ignore, they are doing life-saving work, rebuilding women's bodies and spirits.

Donor

Rating: 5

Reading annual reports are absolutely inspirational. Such a wonderful organisation.

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned of the Fistula Foundation through Nicholas Kristof's column (NYT) and knew I could trust that this was a first rate organization. I have not been disappointed! They provide personal connections for donors; they do not overwhelm me with unnecessary email messages; and they offer opportunities to match my donations. I will continue to support the work of this very worthwhile organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a gay man i can understand the frustration and sometimes being ostracized for something that you can't do anything about. The Fistula Foundation is the saviour of many woman's life and their families too, it's been my fifth year donating and I intend to keep doing it for years to come.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love their work. Love the results. Admire their commitment and compassion.

Donor

Rating: 5

Long-time donor Sheila
We can all agree that no woman should ever have to go through the trauma of fistula. Those of us who have experienced difficult childbirths as adults have a narrow window of insight into the enormity of little girls, girls barely into their teens, and young women in difficult physiological and economic circumstances giving birth, and then suffering the complications of fistula and its attendant social and familial indignities and rejection. The Fistula Foundation has undertaken one of the most significant challenges facing females throughout the world. The entire staff and network of providers carry out their mission with singular dedication, determination, resourcefulness, professionalism, grace, love, and a fierce loyalty to their patients and those engaged in treating and serving those patients. I stand in awe of all they do!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful charity! I feel great knowing that I paid for a woman's medical procedure to rid her of the effects of a fistula. These procedures really change a woman's life. It allows her to reconnect politically, socially, economically, and spiritually to her community. A large percentage of your donation goes to the program. It's highly effective. I highly recommend it.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am fortunate to have been brought up in a country where this life-saving treatment is the norm, where childbirth complications are automatically addressed and women need not suffer shame, rejection, and abandonment as a result of not having adequate medical aid after giving birth. I have been donating to four charities for a while now, but am now faced with my own financial problems and will have to stop my donations. However, I will continue to donate monthly to the Fistula Foundation because of the wonderful work they do to relieve the suffering of these women and because of the dedication of the doctors and nurses that work with them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Highly Transparent, Effective, and supports its donours with consistent results!

Donor

Rating: 5

Once, decades ago, I was driving my car and listening to an article on NPR. It told of many women who were unfortunate enough to find themselves in these difficult circumstances. They suffered severely and emotionally from being so dehumanized. It was the first time I became conscious of this wholly avoidable pain endured by our sisters. I literally had to pull off the road and stop the car because I found myself so moved that I was crying uncontrollably. Over the years, I have wholeheartedly supported the mission of this and other wonderful organizations. I am very happy to know that the situation is much, much improved today. This is due largely to the services provided by the compassionate work of The Fistula Foundation and its dedicated staff. Thank you for making the world a better place for women.