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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

479 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

For more years than I can remember - ever since I first learned of the mission of the Fistula Foundation - I have sent a monthly donation so that I am able to support one surgery each year. There is so much need in the world and so many deserving organizations, but this one is at the top of my list as each surgery literally saves the life of a woman who would otherwise live in misery with no family or community support in her hours/days/years of need and suffering. What a blessing to all those women who have been and will be served by this amazing foundation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a long-time supporter, financially and in my recommendations to others. For such a modest cost, the Fistula Foundation changes an outcast woman's life forever. So many young, under-nourished girls around the world are sold to older men by their starving families, then are raped by those men despite promises they would wait until the girls are grown. These girls, who are far too small and young to be bearing children, often end up with fistulas and then are discarded by their "husbands," who are nothing less than slave owners. I urge anyone reading this to financially support this foundation. Their work is nothing short of miraculous.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization repairs incontinence caused by prolonged and obstructed labor thereby restoring a woman's dignity and facilitating her return to a normal family life.