Santa Clara Weekly

Santa Claran Earns 2014 Nonprofit Marketer of the Year Award

Fistula Foundation CEO Kate Grant was recently recognized by the American Marketing Association (AMA) and American Marketing Association Foundation (AMAF) for her visionary leadership of the Fistula Foundation for the past nine years. Grant is the eighth nonprofit leader to receive the honor since the establishment of the award in 2008. Based in San Jose,…

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Foundation Partner Awarded the Sakharov Prize

We’ve been honored to fund fistula treatment at Panzi Hospital for years, but we’ve never been more proud of our friend and partner, Denis Mukwege. His tireless efforts to treat thousands of victims of sexual violence were recognized this week with the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the highest human rights honor awarded by…


Newsweek: The Afterbirth Miracle

Fistula Foundation and our long-term partner surgeon Dr. Mulu Muleta are featured in this article in Newsweek. For more information about our work with her through Women and Health Alliance International in Ethiopia, click here. The Afterbirth Miracle By Rob Verger It’s late June, but it’s chilly in Asella, Ethiopia—the city is higher in altitude…

The Borgen Project

Astellas Pharma Donates $2 Million

Fistula Foundation and our partnership with Astellas Pharma EMEA through Action on Fistula in Kenya is featured in a post by The  Borgen Project, an organization focused on alleviating global poverty. By Brooke Smith The Borgen Project About 75 percent of women with obstetric fistula have gone through labor that has lasted three days or more. Obstetric…

Anna's Friends

Doing Good: Taking Action on Fistula

ANNA’S FRIENDS is a mission-driven community that works to help women all over the world. Fistula Foundation is proud to be a sponsored charity of Anna’s Friends. Read this post on the Anna’s Friends website. Today’s Doing Good instalment focuses on the Fistula Foundation as they take Action on Fistula in Kenya. Action on Fistula is…

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FIGO Hosts Fistula Stakeholder Meeting in Tanzania

On June 25, 2014, FIGO convened a meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to review the progress of its fistula surgery training program. The program is based on the ‘Global Competency- Based Fistula Surgery Training Manual’ which was developed by FIGO and launched in 2011. The manual was established as a standardized training curriculum and…

CCBRT FIGO Accreditation

CCBRT Accredited by FIGO as Official Training Site

Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) is the largest indigenous provider of disability and rehabilitation services in the country and the Foundation’s biggest partner in Tanzania. Thanks in part to CCBRT’s partnership with Fistula Foundation, they are now able to perform over 700 fistula surgeries a year! CCBRT recently received accreditation as an official…

The Life You Can Save Charity

The Life You Can Save

Fistula Foundation is honored to be a featured charity September 5th marks the 15th anniversary of the publication of The Singer Solution to World Poverty, a provocative and visionary op-ed piece by Princeton ethicist Professor Peter Singer, which ran in the New York Times. He went on to write a book called ”The Life You…

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Action on Fistula Update

Gynocare Certified as first FIGO Training Center in Kenya Action on Fistula is a three-year, $2 million effort to treat women in Kenya who are suffering from obstetric fistula. Funded through a generous donation by Astellas Pharma EMEA, Action on Fistula will provide free surgeries to 1,200 women, provide training to expand the pool of…


Your Donations at Work: Laure Fistula Center, Nigeria

Laure Fistula Center was established in 1987 and performs over 500 fistula repair surgeries a year, including many referrals from throughout Nigeria as well as neighboring countries. They were recently accredited by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) as an official fistula surgery training site; however, much of their equipment had been in…

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Your Donations at Work: Kathmandu Model Hospital, Nepal

Rates of obstetric fistula and other maternal morbidities are believed to be exceptionally high in Nepal, yet awareness is low and there are very few facilities providing fistula services in the country. Kathmandu Model Hospital is our third and newest partner in Nepal, and they are working to create the first comprehensive fistula care program…

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Supporter Spotlight
Denise Alden & Bombshell

Supporter Spotlight: Denise Alden & Bombshell Fashionista Denise Alden is the owner of Bombshell, a boutique in Minneapolis, Minnesota that caters to women of style and substance who wear sizes 14 to 24. For the past several years, Denise has organized a campaign around Mother’s Day to educate customers about obstetric fistula and encourage shoppers…

From left to right: Denis Robson of J&J with Fistula Foundation partner surgeons Dr. Mulu Muleta and Dr. Serigne Gueye

Teaming Up for Good

Small Grants Partnership with Johnson & Johnson In 2012, Fistula Foundation and Johnson & Johnson developed a joint program to identify and fund facilities that have the capacity to treat more women suffering from obstetric fistula, but lack the funds to do so. This partnership was sparked by the 2012 launch of the Global Fistula… campaign

Changing Tomorrow for Women with Fistula

Kate Grant, Fistula Foundation CEO 26 September 2014 When I entered the hospital room, the first thing I noticed about Naresia was her smile. It came easily, brightening the whole room with a joy that was palpable; her face unlined, with rounded features, looking more like an older girl than a young woman. Next to…

Voice of America

US-Based Fistula Foundation to Launch Zimbabwe Pilot Program

An interview with Fistula Foundation CEO Kate Grant was featured on Voice of America Zimbabwe this week. The interview focuses on the physical and social consequences of obstetric fistula and a pilot program in Zimbabwe to help women suffering from fistula get the treatment they need.   US-Based Fistula Foundation to Launch Zimbabwe Pilot Program…

Girls' Globe

More Than a Number

September 22, 2014 By Kate Grant, CEO, Fistula Foundation This week, the international aid world will convene in New York City during the United Nations General Assembly to discuss data, procedures, progress or perhaps lack thereof. But it’s important to remember that behind all of these facts and figures are women like Shefali*. At age…

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