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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

481 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

This charity is truly amazing, and I am happy to be a monthly donor. I know where the money is going, and they keep us updated all of the time on all of the good works.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been glad to play a small part in supporting The Fistula Foundation over the past few years. They do wonderful, needed work in the under-developed world, and make a huge difference in the lives of so many women who otherwise would be abandoned and forgotten. Let's not forget them.
Jeffrey Falkner, Central Kentucky

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been donating to the Fistula Foundation for many years. It is amazing to know that merely by giving money so many lives can be rescued. I'm very grateful to have the chance to help.

Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of this charity some time ago now and was deeply moved by not only the plight of these poor women who for want of a basic operation would otherwise be reduced to a life of misery cast out by their family and friends and through no fault of their own. I was also deeply touched by the work of those dedicated surgeons who have made it their mission to save these women from such a miserable and lonely existence.
I am in straitened circumstances myself, otherwise, I would gladly donate more. I just hope what little I am able to donate makes a difference to all those involved in this worthy charity.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting this charity for several years and am continually impressed with how they are using their resources to extend the amazing care they provide to more and more women.

Donor

Rating: 5

Donating to The Fistula Foundation makes me feel good - -and is one of the ways I celebrate Mother's Day

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor since I saw WALK TO BEAUTIFUL on PBS years ago. I have watched this organization grow over the years, increasing its assistance to women in many more places , with training of local doctors and nurses, education and clinics. Watching Fistula Foundation develop its ability to heal more women every time I receive the newsletter is astounding. The love and care is evident, while much needed medical procedures are offered to women suffering both physical and emotional distress. The fistula surgery saves lives, in that it restores women to be part of their community again. Women should never have to experience the shame and abandonment created by fistula. I know that donations are used wisely as the increase of outreach has been obvious. I am proud to say I am involved in helping women this way.

Donor

Rating: 5

I came to the Fistula Foundation after reading Sara Pascoe's excellent book Animal. This was an issue about which I was only dimly aware and when I learned that thousands of women are still suffering from this horrific and humiliating complaint, and reading some of the stories on the Fistula Foundation website I was immediately moved to donate. I think they do a fantastic job!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Fistula Foundation helps extend my hand to help women in life challenging need. Thank you.

Donor

Rating: 5

With such a modest input The Fistula Foundation has such a huge impact on women's lives.