Why Do We Work in Sudan?

Since independence, Sudan has been scarred by civil wars, political turmoil and a huge refugee crisis. Against such a backdrop it is difficult for government, health care and the economy to function effectively. Such system failure is the root cause of fistula. The result is enormous suffering and a backlog of untreated women that grows larger by the year. The Fistula Foundation is providing funding to a respected hospital with one of the most established fistula treatment programs in Africa, making it possible for significantly more women to be treated in Sudan.

What You Help Us Do In Sudan

We’re helping fund:

  • Fistula surgeries
  • Fistula surgery training
  • Refurbishing and equipping an operating theater
  • Community outreach to inform the local community that high-quality, free fistula surgery treatment is available
  • Patient transportation


Dr. Abbo Khartoum Teaching Hospital Fistula Center located in Sudan’s capital city of Khartoum
Kassala Hospital, Kassala Province, Eastern Sudan
Nyala Hospital, South Darfur, Western Sudan

How much funding have we granted?

Kassala and Nyala Hospitals

$200,000 in FY2012

Dr. Abbo Khartoum Teaching Hospital

$185,800 in FY2013
$137,710 in FY2011

Who’s our partner?

Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA)

How will this help women in Sudan?

Dr. Abbo Khartoum Teaching Hospital has one of the oldest fistula services on the African continent, providing care for more than 40 years. However, with shortages in supplies and qualified staff, the medical team is only able to treat a fraction of fistula patient cases. And the backlog of untreated patients is growing larger every year. We’re turning that around. And now significantly more women in Sudan are receiving high-quality fistula care.

WAHA, with the funding provided by the Foundation, aims to establish quality fistula treatment services in both Kassala and South Darfur states of Sudan. These regions have a dire maternal health situation that is indicative of high prevalence of obstetric fistula. Currently no fistula repair services are available in Kassala. The hospital in Nyala (South Darfur) does have a fistula ward but lacks the necessary support and provisions to provide a full functioning service. The project will directly provide for obstetric fistula operations, training of local fistula experts and the establishment of a new fistula ward.

Where is Sudan?


Facts About Sudan

  • Population:34,000,000
  • Average births per woman:4
  • Physicians per 10,000 people:2.8
  • Births attended by skilled personnel:23%
  • Lifetime risk of maternal death:1 in 31(chances a woman will die during childbirth)
  • Female life expectancy:64.67 years
  • Female literacy:50.5%
  • Population living in rural areas:60%
  • Population living in poverty:46.5%(less than $1.25/day)

Sources: CIA World Fact Book; WHO, World Bank, UNFPA.

We’re Making a Difference in Sudan

Fatima, from Sudan (photo credit: WAHA)

Meet Fatima from Sudan

Fatima lives in Sudan. She went into labor at the age of 16, but initially didn't have access to a hospital. By the time she was taken to the hospital, the baby was dead, and Fatima developed an obstetric fistula. Her husband divorced her, leaving Fatima emotionally shattered by the loss of her husband and first born child.
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