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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

26 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!

Donor

Rating: 5

WFF is the oldest non-profit organization in the United States working on the problem of obstetric fistula. I have followed its work for over 20 years, heard its stories, read the papers that it has produced, and continued to support it. Very impressed with its long commitment to vulnerable women in Africa and for the good work that it does.

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WFFund 10/11/2017

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

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the work that the Worldwide Fistula Fund does to help women suffering from obstetric fistulas and education on their prevention. Not only does the organization provide the surgery to repair this devastating injury, but also focuses on helping these women reintegrate back into their community after treatment. After repair, these women are given their dignity back. Thank you for the WONDERFUL things you do!!

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WFFund 10/05/2017

Thank you for such a wonderful review! We couldn't do nearly so much without your support!

Donor

Rating: 5

WFF is an amazing organization that does a lot to help women who have suffered for a long time. It's important to bring awareness to the struggles these women are facing, and WFF does an amazing job at telling their stories.

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WFFund 10/04/2017

Thank you! Your contributions make a huge difference in helping us accomplish our goals!

Laura338

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm constantly impressed with the efforts of the people running this non-profit. What a great cause - hope someone will make a documentary about it one day ;)

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned about Worldwide Fistula Fund from the book Half the Sky. I had never heard of such a horribly, devastating condition as obstetric fistula before then. I was so moved by these women and what Worldwide Fistula Fund is doing to give them their lives and dignity back. I believe everyone should know about the incredible work Worldwide Fistula Fund is doing.

Donor

Rating: 5

WWF does a remarkable job of raising awareness and funds to help victims of fistula heal and rejoin their communities, as well as to provide health training for OB-GYN professionals to aid in prevention and increased treatment. I recently attended a fundraiser in Chicago and was impressed with the passion, professionalism and compassion of every person involved. Keep up the good work!

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization run by wonderful people. I had the pleasure of meeting several of the staff members, a survivor and partner, and other donors at their last event. Amazing experience. They're doing incredible work for women and girls in Africa. Very highly recommended.

Jennifer605

Donor

Rating: 5

An excellent organization that does real and lasting good, helping women whose lives have been overturned by traumatic childbirth experiences get back on their feet both via surgery and skills training so they can take control of their own futures once their bodies have healed.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Worldwide Fistula Fund is a great non-profit which seeks to help women who suffer from what can be defined as modern day leprosy - obstetric fistula. Obstetric fistula is a childbirth related injury most prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia resulting from prolonged, obstructed labor which causes a hole between the women’s vagina and rectum causing her to be incontinent, sometimes for years. WWF supports hospitals and physicians in Niger, Uganda and Ethiopia. The result, not only are women repaired physically – a miracle for them - but are repaired holistically through education and vocational training.

Beth181

Donor

Rating: 5

WFF meets women in their most wounded and traumatized realities and accompanies them on the path to health- physical, emotional and communal. By focusing on the healing of each individual woman they are shining a high intensity light on the need for our healing as societies and as a species, by honoring the power and integrity of women. WFF communicates their successes but is not intrusive in its marketing. I am so honored to be a member of their supporters.

Donor

Rating: 5

I contributed to this charity because of a column by Nicholas Kristof concerning the many women in developing countries who suffer permanently from the condition that WWF addresses. It seems a small issue but to the women who are shunned and humiliated, it is a big one. The staff are committed to having the donations go directly to the women who need the service. Small staff, big accomplishments.

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently became a donor to wwf and couldn't be more impressed, they are transparent and humble and working with woman who have terrible fistulas. Thank you

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned of the issue from an article in Christianity Today - a condition so easily fixed but causes shame and humiliation to my sub-Saharan sisters .....'what you do for the least of these' springs to mind. And often just little girls who spend the rest of their lives hovering over a grate. I'm so grateful to Dr Wall and his team who brought these sisters to my attention.

Janice N.

Donor

Rating: 4

This is a great organization. I think you are demanding a lot. Any review should be sufficient considering you a simply entering some sort of competition. What really is the end result? Did I write enough mindless words to meet your submission requirements?

Donor

Rating: 5

I was unaware of the existence of fistula until I found out about this organization. Obviously, a condition that causes so much misery to so many women is worthy of our attention and support. I will be a contributor to their cause from now on and will work to spread the word about fistula.

Donor

Rating: 5

I plan my giving carefully because I want it to go where it will directly benefit people in need. I heard about this organization through Nicholas Kristof's articles and was so impressed with the work they do and the Charity Navigator ratings. I'm proud to have given to the "Love a Sister" campaign and will continue to give to this worthy organization that is transforming the lives of women every single day.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Providing financial support for the important work of WFF is an opportunity to do something concrete to right one of the worst wrongs that are inflicted on innocents by an evil part of human society. Women suffering pain and shame and who may die sooner than later are given a new opportunity for a somewhat normal life.

1 Eva_5

Donor

Rating: 5

I had read an article in Christianity Today a few years back. I could not get the picture of these ladies (some children, as young as 14) having to live over drains. Being a woman and in the medical field my heart ached for these women. Seeing so much "medical waste" and expense here in the U.S. got me thinking about the small cost for a huge difference in a lady's life. I started a business and told my husband that they would be the ones we supported with 10% of sales. I have had just a few comments about why I am not supporting something in the U.S. WELL until you can show me one person who has to live like that in the U.S. I will continue to do what I can for these women. These women are outcasts, but they are loved. I have seen some stories on how these women's life are changed (and only 400 per surgery). We look to the day we can donate thousands to help these ladies and all those volunteering. The true thankfulness and smiles on these healed women are remarkable. I tell others when at vending opportunities briefly about them so they know a portion of their purchase goes to such a wonderful cause. More and more women are getting familiar with what a fistula surgery is (in very general terms).

Donor

Rating: 5

Three years ago a friend told me about a book, HALF THE SKY. I was so moved by the stories of these women who had overcome so many hardships and obstacles. They were not victims but had used their knowledge to turn around and help others. It was the first time I had ever heard about fistula. I was saddened and shocked that women were suffering from a medical condition that could be easily remedied. One of the organizations mentioned that was trying to deal with this condition was WORLDWIDE FISTULA FUND. So I decided to put this organization on my list of charities. The stories I have read regarding the change in the lives of these women is remarkable. They can now live without discomfort and shame. Those things which were brought to them through no fault of their own.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Worldwide Fistula Fund does a great job helping to heal women with obstetric fistulas in areas in which they would not otherwise have access to such health care. In particular, they operate the Danja Fistula Center in Niger under difficult conditions.