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Direct Relief – Maternal Health, from Nigeria to Bangladesh

In this presentation with Direct Relief, Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, founder of HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh and Dr. Steve Arrowsmith, medical director of Fistula Foundation, discuss women’s health around the world. Read the full article by Direct Relief below: Maternal Health, from Nigeria to Bangladesh Dr. Ifthikher Mahmood and Dr. Steve Arrowsmith…

Social Media Roundup: Kristi Eaton, Writer in Residence

Meet Fistula Foundation’s first-ever Writer in Residence: Kristi Eaton! Kristi is a veteran journalist who is passionate about issues facing women and indigenous peoples, global poverty, and social entrepreneurship. She’s traveled the world reporting on these topics for The Associated Press, NBC News, The Washington Post, Ms. Magazine, and more. Kristi spent three weeks in Zambia on…

Women Helping Women in Afghanistan: CURE International Hospital [2:02]

Against a backdrop of continuing violence and oppression of women in Afghanistan, a heroic team of all-female surgeons are doing the nearly impossible: delivering life-changing fistula surgeries to women in need. Fistula Foundation has pledged $200,000 to help our hospital partner, CURE International. A generous donor will MATCH the first $20,000 in gifts to support…

Femtastic Podcast Interviews Lindsey Pollaczek, Vice President of Programs

Katie Breen of Femtastic Podcast interviews Lindsey Pollaczek, Vice President of Programs for Fistula Foundation. In this interview, Lindsey explains what obstetric fistula is and why it’s harmful to mothers. Listen to the podcast at the link below: #32: What is Obstetric Fistula? Katie interviews Lindsey Pollaczek, Vice President of Programs for the Fistula Foundation….

Fistula Foundation Wins Summer 2018 Idealist Grant

Idealist Consulting is a technology consulting firm helping nonprofit organizations grow through innovative marketing and communication solutions. Several times a year, their team reviews applications for the Idealist Grant, a $10,000 technology support grant awarded to an organization recipient to help fuel innovation and progressive visions. We are proud to announce that Fistula Foundation is…

HOPE in Bangladesh

Since 2010, Fistula Foundation has been proud to partner with HOPE Foundation for Women and Children. Their bustling hospital is located in Cox’s Bazar, a small city near the border with Myanmar. HOPE is a lifeline to impoverished women in the area—and to the recent influx of Rohingya refugees, fleeing intense persecution in Myanmar. Check…

Happy Father’s Day – That’s Me in You

In honor of Father’s Day, CEO Kate Grant reflects on her father and thanks him for helping shape her work at Fistula Foundation. “…there are many men, and many fathers who have played an important role in helping women suffering from fistula. So, today, I wanted to share with you a few thoughts on a…

Healing & Hope – Lindsey Pollaczek in UCLA Public Health Magazine

Fistula Foundation Senior Program Director and UCLA Fielding School of Public Health alumni Lindsey Pollaczek was featured in the Spring/Summer 2018 edition of UCLA’s Public Health Magazine! Many of them had lived with fistula for years and had no idea it was a preventable or treatable condition,” Pollaczek says. “So many women talked about the…

TheNews International: Public awareness answer to obstetric fistula

On International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, experts at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences discussed obstetric fistula and called for public awareness of this hidden and devastating condition. Fistula Foundation was mentioned in this article in TheNews International: Professor Nasira Tasnim said massive public awareness was the answer to ‘this neglected women health and…

Fistula Experts Gather in Bangladesh

In mid-February, fistula surgeons, policy makers, researchers, and advocates gathered from around the world in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh to attend the 2nd HOPE Maternal Health & Fistula Conference. The event was hosted by Dr. Iftikher Mahmood and HOPE Hospital, Fistula Foundation’s trusted partner in Bangladesh. Over the course of the two-day conference, attendees heard from…

Rohingya fistula survivor Setara Begum, with midwife Beauty Sharma of HOPE Hospital

HOPE Amidst a Refugee Crisis

HOPE Hospital, Fistula Foundation’s partner in Bangladesh, has been on the front lines of the Rohingya refugee crisis. Amidst the sprawling refugee camps, HOPE has begun to identify fistula patients. They are working tirelessly to bring aid in a dire situation. 22 year-old Setara Begum told her harrowing story as a Rohingya refugee. When her…


Your Donations at Work – The Mabinti Centre

Thankfully, a woman with obstetric fistula can be physically healed through life-transforming surgery. However, for many survivors, complete recovery goes beyond the physical—emotional and psychological damage can haunt her long after her body has healed. Fistula Foundation’s partners in Africa and Asia are dedicated to providing holistic care for their patients. Many offer comprehensive counseling…

Your Donations at Work – Afghanistan

Delivering a baby in Afghanistan can be a life or death event. Every thirty minutes, another Afghan woman dies during childbirth—the country holds one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. For every woman who dies, it is estimated that 20 more survive with significant childbirth injuries, including obstetric fistula. There is also…

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Fistula Foundation in The New York Times

In recent months, Fistula Foundation has had several mentions in the New York Times! As a part of a special series for New York Times subscribers, Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof published a comprehensive guide on “How to Make the World a Better Place.” In a section dedicated to women and girls, Kristof highlighted Fistula…