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Worldwide Fistula Fund Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

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

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Karla R.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thanks to WFF, women worldwide are able to live a restored life, in a community that integrates all of their needs including: surgery, physical and occupational therapy, social work and counseling, clean living spaces, adequate nutrition, and a caring community. I have seen the women transform from being very scared, nervous, and reluctant on their first day at the clinic to being fully ALIVE and restored as they are integrated in the community at the fistula clinics supported by WFF.

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WFFund Thank you for such a wonderful review, Karla. We couldn't do it without your help!

Board Member

Rating: 5

My experiences with WFF have been inspiring, challenging, and fulfilling. We are most grateful to all of our donors and endeavor to be good stewards, always using our resources for the greatest impact. Thanks to all.

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WFFund 10/30/2017

Thanks, Chris! Your devotion to WFF is amazing! Thank you for everything you do.

Board Member

Rating: 5

World Wide Fistula Fund is one of those unique organizations that not only provides direct service to women with childbirth injuries, but also partners with federal medical institutions, community outreach organizations and stakeholders to build health care capacity on the ground in multiple countries. The services range from training the next generation of doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff caring for women , to clinical and surgical care, social reintegration and prevention of childbirth injuries. They are also one of few organizations who engage in academically rigorous research to improve care delivery and assess outcome . Go WFF!

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WFFund 10/23/2017

Thanks, Dr. Nardos! Your dedication and hard work on the ground make so much of what we do possible! Go, Dr. Nardos!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Worldwide Fistula Fund provides life changing services for the world's most vulnerable women. The organization's achievements include building a hospital in Niger where more than 1000 fistula surgeries were performed in the first 5 years, launching the first urogynecology fellowship program in Ethiopia that continues to train local doctors and build healthcare capacity, and providing clinical and social reintegration services for women in Uganda and Niger. I am proud to support this organization.

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WFFund 10/11/2017

Thank you for your review! We couldn't accomplish any of it without your support and hard work!

Tracy56

Board Member

Rating: 5

Thanks to the WFF, capacity building is occurring in a sustainable way for surgeons and physical therapists in Mek'ele Ethiopia. This charity is leading the way in providing sustainable interdisciplinary care for the women of Ethiopia!!

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WFFund 10/05/2017

Thank you, Tracy! We couldn't do it without your devotion and generous donation of time!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow! I cannot express how much the Worldwide Fistula Fund Inc. has impacted my personal and professional life. This organization has sprouted from the life passion of Dr Lewis Wall who started the WFF in order to provide sustainable medical care in developing countries for women with obstetric fistulas. The WWF is an on organization interested in providing not just the necessary surgical care but also the rehabilitation needs for the women as well. Women who have become victim to an obstetric fistula have a tremendous need for rehabilitation both before and after surgery so that they can go on to live productive happy lives. As a Physical Therapist, I was asked to volunteer my time and talents for this wonderfully deserving group of women. I have gained much in the process. I never imagined that my professional skills could be utilized for women in such a profound way! I am greatly appreciative that I can help and that WFF has a vision to provide sustainable care in the future! The brave women I have helped have given me insight into what is true inner beauty and for that I am grateful.

Board Member

Rating: 4

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.