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In Observance of the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

Statement from Kate Grant, CEO of Fistula Foundation May 22, 2015 We know that obstetric fistula impacts the lives of one million women globally. And we know that a woman with fistula in a low-resource environment is too often the poorest of the poor; a woman who may not be able to afford the cost…

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Celebrating One Year of Action on Fistula

In just one year of the Action on Fistula program, 416 women received free surgery that will change their lives forever. We are grateful to our partners Astellas Pharma EMEA for funding this program and making these first year successes possible.

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Huffington Post: A Stranger World

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.  By Kate Grant If you could send out an email to thousands of strangers around the world, what would you say? When Allie Pape finally got the chance through The Listserve — an e-mail lottery where one person each day wins the opportunity to address thousands of…

MONROVIA, LIBERIA - JANUARY 29:  Midwife Maima Johnson hands a newborn girl to mother Cecelia Mensah, 20, after delivering the child at the Star of the Sea Health Center on January 29, 2015 in the West Point township of Monrovia, Liberia. Midwives and health workers in the clinic have taken extra precautions throughout Liberia's Ebola epidemic to avoid becoming infected. The World Health Organization (WHO), announced that in the last week there were less than 100 new Ebola cases in West Africa, with a dramatic decrease in Liberia, where the numbers are in the single digits. The WHO said their focus has now shifted from slowing transmission to ending the epidemic.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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This Mother’s Day, Let’s Commit To Saving 3.3 Million Moms

This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post and explores ways in which developing countries are making great strides, and planning to do even better, to improve mothers’ chances of surviving and thriving. It highlights the global increase in skilled birth attendants and how they can help prevent the occurrence of obstetric fistula.   By…

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Charity Concert in Support of Fistula Foundation

On May 2, 2015, a group of middle and high school students from Palo Alto, California organized and hosted a piano concert at their church in support of local charities, and we were honored to be one of their chosen benefactors! These young musicians performed a variety of pieces on the piano, flute and saxophone,…

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Girls Globe: My Mother’s Day Gift

This post originally appeared in Girls’ Globe. By Elisa Gambino In the spring of 2013, my husband, Neal Broffman, and I visited Gondar University Hospital in Ethiopia with partners Fistula Foundation and Johnson & Johnson. We interviewed and filmed the work that they are supporting to treat women suffering from obstetric fistula, an injury caused by prolonged, obstructed…

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Featured by The Life You Can Save

This month, our partners at The Life You Can Save recommended Fistula Foundation as one of eight recommended charities working to restore vital, long-term services to the people of Nepal. Fistula Foundation’s work to support the Fistula Ambassador Program run by our partners at the Uganda Village Project was also featured: To view the full…

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An Investment in Success

This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post. By Kate Grant CEO, Fistula Foundation In the summer of 2013, Dr. Ganesh Dangal boarded a plane from his home in Kathmandu, Nepal, to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. It was a trip that would set his professional life on a new and exciting path: he…

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Treating Fistula, One Dinner at a Time

Fistula Foundation is proud to have been named a Sustaining Program (2015-17) of Dining for Women, a non-profit giving circle dedicated to empowering women and girls living in extreme poverty. Every month, in communities around the world, chapters of Dining for Women gather to share a meal and learn about issues impacting the lives of…

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Inspired by Mom

In the spring of 2013, filmmaker Elisa Gambino and her husband, Neal Broffman, visited Gondar University Hospital in Ethiopia with partners Fistula Foundation and Johnson & Johnson. Elisa and Neal were there to interview and film the fistula treatment work we both supported at this facility. It was the first time she had met with obstetric fistula patients…

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Inspired by Mom

When Sofia learned about the problem of obstetric fistula and its devastating impact on the lives of women and girls, she was moved to act. Watch this video to learn how her mother inspired her, and see what she did to help!

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Partner Spotlight: Public Health Concern Trust Nepal

Meet one of our newest partners and our April spotlight, Public Health Concern Trust Nepal (phect-NEPAL)! Through phect-NEPAL, we are funding fistula treatment, surgeon training, and outreach/education at Kathmandu Model Hospital. Browse through the photo album below to see how the hospital’s fistula care team is working to treat obstetric fistula and raise awareness about…

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Alumna Kate Grant Gives Voice to the World’s Poorest Women

Fatima went into labor with her first child at the age of 16. As is custom in her nomadic community in western Sudan, she planned to deliver the baby at home. But after three days of complications, she embarked on a half-day trek by camel to the nearest hospital. When she arrived, her baby was…

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New York Times: A Little Respect for Dr. Foster

In this article, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof writes about the life and work Fistula Foundation partner, Dr. Stephen Foster. Dr. Foster runs the Centro Evangélico de Medicina do Lubango, one of the first four organizations we funded after adopting a global mission in 2009.  By Nicholas Kristof ONE sign of a landmark shift…

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Our Partner: Uganda Village Project

Uganda Village Project (UVP) works with marginalized populations in Iganga on issues related to health and sustainable development. One of their main projects is a ‘Fistula Ambassador’ program that was launched in 2014. Through this program, fistula survivors are identified and trained to become ambassadors in their communities – they raise awareness and identify and…

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Girls’ Globe: A Patient Ambassador

This post originally appeared on Girls’ Globe. For 24 hours, Loy labored in a small hospital in the Iganga District of southeast Uganda. The delivery was so difficult that it ruptured her uterus. Tragically, her baby did not survive. Doctors performed a hysterectomy, but a few days later Loy noticed she was leaking urine. She…

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