Mission: The Worldwide Fistula Fund is an incubator, funder, and promoter of innovative solutions to improve global women’s reproductive health. The Worldwide Fistula Fund supports research, treatment, prevention, and social service programs directed at obstetric fistula and related maladies, with a special emphasis on improving the capacity of low-resource countries to meet these health care needs.
Results: Women receive Life-Changing Surgery at Danja Fistula Center in Niger and at Referral Hospitals in Uganda. WFF identifies and transports women to fistula surgery performed by Expert Fistula Surgeons.
WFF offers Recovery and Ongoing Support to women including comprehensive post-operative care, meals, counseling, and integrated physical therapy overseen by WFF’s Rehabilitation Advisory Council.
Women participate in Education and Vocational Skills Training in literacy and health , as well as embroidery , handcrafting jewelry, catering and more. WFF also launched the Women’s Empowerment Center in Uganda in collaboration with TERREWODE.
WFF supports Advocacy and Support Groups by providing ongoing counseling, as well as connecting survivors to local survivor groups.
WFF improves global women’s reproductive health and childbrith safety through capacity building in low-resource countries to meet women’s health care needs.
WFF provides Expert OB-GYN Training through our enhanced OB-GYN residency training program, Mekelle Medical Education Collaboration, and our specialized Urogynecology Fellowship training program, both launched in partnership with and at Mekelle University in Ethiopia.
WFF funds Community Health Advocate Training where community members learn to raise fistula awareness and to encourage giving birth in health centers.
Target demographics: women suffering from childbirth unjuries
Direct beneficiaries per year: 550
Geographic areas served: sub-Saharan Africa
Programs: Danja Fistula Center, Niger
Women's Empowerment Center, Uganda
Mekelle Medical Education Collaboration, Ethiopia
I have been interested in the problem of childbirth injuries and fistula since the first time I heard Lewis Wall speak in 2002. Lewis founded this organization with another dedicated fistula surgeon, Steve Arrowsmith. They carried the load for many years but the organization has now transitioned into a modern public non-profit.
I have had a variety of experiences living and working in Africa over the past 6 years. Obstetric fistula is a complicated medical, social, and political problem. WFF understands this and strives to use donations responsibly to maximize the impact. I visited the facility in Danja last spring and it is a model--clean, efficient and effective without unnecessary ornamentation. We endeavor to make sure that all WFF activities will do the same.