The Fistula Foundation could not do the work of supporting fistula treatment and prevention without the participation and support of our nonprofit, fundraising, corporate and media partners. These organizations have joined in the effort to treat and prevent fistula globally by donating necessary medical supplies, sharing knowledge, raising money and heightening awareness. We are honored to collaborate with the following organizations.
Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization based in France that has been launched by Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan Al-Nahyan, with the overarching goal of addressing maternal and neonatal health in disadvantaged communities throughout the world. Her Highness has a longstanding committment to women's causes and believes that "no woman should die while bringing new life into the world or suffer needlessly for the rest of her life due to a lack of appropriate medical care." She calls on the international community to unite to reduce the unacceptably high levels of maternal mortality in developing countries and appeals for greater efforts to improve women's health. WAHA strives to be an important international player in terms of implementing and funding a wide range of activities that promote women's health in settings where the needs are greatest, and in advocating for greater action to be taken to reduce maternal deaths.
Looking for an update "from the field?" Visit WAHA's website to check out videos, photo galleries, and to read fascinating patient stories and blog entries from all around the world posted by WAHA's staff and representatives.
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Since 1948, Direct Relief International has worked to improve the quality of life for people in need. DRI focuses on health by providing essential material resources to locally run health programs in poor areas around the world and during times of disaster.
In 2012, the largest and most comprehensive online map of services for women with obstetric fistula, The Global Fistula Care Map, was released by DRI, The Fistula Foundation and the United Nations Population Fund. Hailed as a major step forward in understanding the landscape of worldwide treatment capacity for obstetric fistula, the map will help streamline the allocation of resources and raise awareness of the condition.
DRI has been a supporter of the Edna Adan Hospital since 2005, and recently coordinated a grant from The Fistula Foundation that funded a new Operating Theater Block dedicated to fistula treatment. The Edna Adan Hospital will be featured in the documentary Half the Sky, which will air on PBS stations October 1 and 2, 2012.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is spearheading a global Campaign to End Fistula, the first-ever to address this issue. The long-term goal is to make fistula as rare in developing areas as it is in industrialized countries today.
UNFPA is currently providing support to some 30 countries, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as in South Asia and the Arab States. The campaign seeks to raise awareness about fistula and the importance of emergency obstetric care; determine the needs in each country; and expand services for prevention and treatment. Partnership with such organizations as The Fistula Foundation is the cornerstone of the Campaign. With Fistula Foundation support, Hamlin Fistula Hospitals are able to train doctors so that more countries have experts in fistula treatment.
The Campaign also seeks to equip hospitals with urgently needed surgical supplies and help women reintegrate into their communities once healed. UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, provides assistance to developing countries, at their request, to meet reproductive health needs. Making motherhood safer for all women is at the very heart of UNFPA's mandate.
We are a participating member of Aid for Africa, a unique partnership of nonprofit organizations serving families and communities throughout Africa. For more information, click on the Aid for Africa logo above or visit our member charity page at their website.
Dining for Women is a non-profit giving circle dedicated to empowering women living in extreme poverty. The Fistula Foundation is honored to have twice been selected as their featured charitable organization. To join a local chapter of Dining for Women, or to start your own, click here.
Johnson & Johnson, the world's most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products and provider of related services, has teamed with The Fistula Foundation in the area of fistula prevention and treatment. No company in the world has done more to advance the goal of eradicating fistula than Johnson & Johnson.
Since 2004, Johnson & Johnson donated generously to support treatment, prevention and education efforts. In addition to grants to The Fistula Foundation, Johnson & Johnson has donated funds to Direct Relief International to fund shipments of donated products to Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia. Johnson & Johnson has also donated a variety of products to the hospital, including much-needed incontinence products, and provided funds for a reception in 2003 that honored Dr. Catherine Hamlin, co-founder of Hamlin Fistula Hospitals.
In 2009, Pulitzer Prize winning journalists, Nicholas Kristauf and Sheryl WuDunn, launched their best-selling book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. This masterful and deeply inspiring book has been turned into an equally moving four-hour television documentary series to air on PBS this fall, Octobe 1 and 2.
We are delighted that one of our longest term partners, the Edna Adan Hospital in Somaliland, is one of the main features in this documentary. Actress Diane Lane and Nicholas Kristauf take viewers on an unforgettable journey inside Edna's Hospital to learn more about the nearly unimaginable challenges mothers and would-be mothers face in countries like Somaliland.
The Fistula Foundation is honored to be one of the featured maternal health organizations officially recognized as a partner of the Half the Sky Movement.
Engel Entertainment has completed production on A Walk to Beautiful, a masterful and moving feature-length documentary film about young women who, having been devastated by obstetric fistula, find health and dignity. It received the coveted and prestigious Distinguished Documentary Award from the International Documentary Association (IDA) and screened on PBS's NOVA in May 2008, in March 2009, and September 2011. It received an Emmy Award in 2009 for Outstanding Informational Programming - Long Form.
A one hour version of this important film can be viewed online for free via the PBS NOVA web site.
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Since 2007, The Fistula Foundation has received ongoing support in the form of a Google Grant, a unique in-kind donation program that awards free Google AdWords advertising to select charitable organizations. Google supports organizations that share their philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts.
The Silver Thread
The Silver Thread is a play based on the true story of Dr. J Marion Sims, a surgical pioneer who is considered the father of gynecology. The play gives an unflinching look at his career, from his success in repairing obstetric fistulas with silver-wire sutures to the unethical practices used to obtain that success. Written by Joslyn Housley-McLaughlin and produced by Liberation Theatre Company in New York City, the intention of The Silver Thread project is to start a conversation, worldwide, that will assist The Fistula Foundation in its mission of ending the suffering caused by obstetric fistula.