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3D Bioprinting, Wearables, and More From CES

In a video interview with special guest David Kretzmann about his week at CES 2016, The Motley Fool discusses healthcare, technology and highlights from the Consumer Technology Association. Interviewer Kristine Harjes gives a special shout-out to Fistula Foundation and the Foolanthropy campaign: “One more thing before we wrap up, I just wanted to mention, The…

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One Man’s Vision to End the Wait for Women in Kenya

This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post. By Kate Grant CEO, Fistula Foundation Just outside of downtown Eldoret, a large city in western Kenya with a population of about 300,000, you will find a small building tucked away beneath a giant Jacaranda tree, heavy with purple blossoms. If not for the sign out front…

Daily Nation

Policy makers urged to incorporate fistula as a full unit in training curriculum

Our Program Director Lindsey Pollaczek, Action on Fistula Outreach Manager Habiba Mohamed, and partner surgeon Dr. Nathan Matasi were recently featured in a news segment on Daily Nation Kenya. The segment focuses on the importance of training new surgeons and incorporating fistula into training curricula across the country. Through our Action on Fistula program in…

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“Doing Good” Needed to Be Done a Bit Better

This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post. By Kate Grant CEO, Fistula Foundation William MacAskill is that rare creature: a true visionary and iconoclast, a bright rising star in the too often stodgy field of philanthropy. Like many people in the Effective Altruism movement, I anticipated this week’s release of MacAskill’s book Doing Good…

Girls' Globe

Overcoming Treatment Obstacles in Nigeria

Earlier this month, the UN released its final report on the Millennium Development Goals. Progress in MDG 5, improving maternal health, ultimately lagged behind the others.  Far too many women in the 21st century are still dying during childbirth, and not enough are delivering in the presence of a skilled birth attendant. For every woman…

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Benefit Concert Funds Fistula Treatment

Sue Hoese first heard about fistula on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2005. She was moved by the program, and soon found herself watching the documentary “A Walk to Beautiful” and brainstorming ways to get involved. As a jewelry maker in her spare time, Sue decided to gather a group of friends…

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Joining Forces with Freedom From Fistula in Malawi

FFF founded by Ann Gloag, one of the U.K.’s top business leaders Meet one of our newest partners, the Freedom from Fistula Foundation (FFF), founded by one of the UK’s most successful business leaders, Ann Gloag. FFF seeks to end the suffering caused by obstetric fistula by providing free surgeries at its three project sites…

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Regional Strategy Meeting of Surgeons Convened in Malawi

Building on the success we’ve seen in assembling partners in Kenya and Nepal, we recently convened a meeting of surgeons in Malawi as a first step towards establishing a treatment network in southern Africa. The meeting was attended by our CEO Kate Grant, Medical Director Dr. Steve Arrowsmith, and Program Director Lindsey Pollaczek, as well…


Making Quality Surgical Care a Right

Fistula Foundation an Inaugural Member of G4 Global Alliance On May 19, the G4 Alliance was officially launched at a meeting and kick-off ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, to coincide with the 2015 World Health Assembly. G4, of which Fistula Foundation is a member, is a global alliance for surgical, obstetric, trauma, and anesthesia care that…

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Dr. Denis Mukwege Honored by ACOG

Congratulations to our partner surgeon Dr. Denis Mukwege, who was recently recognized as a College Honorary Fellow by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) at their 2015 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Dr. Mukwege is the founder and lead surgeon at Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of our…

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Your Donations At Work: Nigeria

Essential medical equipment delivered to fistula hospital in Nigeria The National Obstetric Fistula Center in Babbar Ruga, Nigeria, is part of the country’s National Fistula Program network. While it is able to perform hundreds of repair surgeries each year, one of its head fistula surgeons, Dr. Sadiya Nasir, reported to us that much of their…

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400 Lives Transformed in First Year of Action On Fistula

May marked the one year anniversary of the launch of Action on Fistula, a three year, $2 million initiative designed to make a lasting impact on fistula treatment in Kenya, led by Fistula Foundation and funded by Astellas Pharma EMEA. The key objectives of Action on Fistula are focused on three critical areas – treatment,…

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Fistula Foundation Donors Help Rebuild Nepal

Campaign Raises $150K in 24 hours In the days following the devastating April earthquake in Nepal, we were relieved to hear from our partner surgeon in Kathmandu, Dr. Ganesh Dangal, that he and the rest of the team at Kathmandu Model Hospital were safe. Dr. Dangal and his dedicated colleagues got to work immediately providing…

Huffington Post: Raising the Bar on Respectful Care During Childbirth

By Kate Grant CEO, Fistula Foundation   Like so many first-time mothers-to-be in the U.S., I attended childbirth classes regularly before the birth of my now 15-year old-son. While those classes are largely a blur, I do remember one exercise: tightly gripping an ice cube for 60 seconds while breathing deeply to help replicate the…

Fighting Fistula in Kenya: Two women’s endeavor to end discrimination

This post originally appeared on’s blog and highlights the work of two fistula advocates, Habiba Corodhia Mohamed and Sarah Omega Kidangasi, who are bringing hope to women with fistula in Kenya through our Action on Fistula program.     By Siegfried Modola June 18, 2015 Obstetric Fistula is a severe medical condition affecting over a…

International Day of the African Child: Rahila’s Story

Twenty-five years ago in 1990, the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child was adopted. Today, on the International Day of the African Child, we celebrate those 25 years and reflect on the progress that has been made to date, and the long road that still lies ahead. This year’s theme is…