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Campaign 2018: Your Help is Vital

We need to raise over $3 million before December 31 to treat women still waiting in 13 countries Our partners in the field have been hard at work this year providing life-changing fistula treatment across Africa and Asia, and we are hopeful as we look ahead to 2018. But we need your help. We need…

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Your Donations at Work – WAHA (DRC)

One of our largest partners, WAHA International, has been listening closely to their fistula patients’ needs in Central Africa. They began a fistula treatment program in Burundi in 2014, but realized that the majority of patients were refugees fleeing violence in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In response, WAHA shifted their operation across…

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Your Donations at Work – Dr. Walhad’s Letter to You

The National Borama Fistula Hospital team in Somaliland was overjoyed this August—they received a large shipment of new equipment, made possible by Fistula Foundation supporters like you!  The equipment will be put to good use at the hospital, which is the only facility in Somaliland dedicated entirely to fistula treatment. Since our partnership began in…

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HEAL Africa – You Did It!

Thanks to the generosity of 592 compassionate supporters like you, we met our goal of $250,000 to build a new fistula care center for HEAL Africa hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We even crossed the finish line four days ahead of schedule! The new facility will expand capacity for fistula treatment and increase…

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Partner Spotlight – WADADIA

Supporters like you have changed thousands of lives through our Action on Fistula program in Kenya. Community outreach is critical to the project’s overall success. In fact, over 80 percent of patients are referred to Action on Fistula directly through outreach efforts. That’s why we are overflowing with gratitude for our outreach partners at WADADIA…

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Supporter Spotlight – Michael Nedham

Mt. Kilimanjaro sits on the northern border of Tanzania, and at 19,341 feet, it is Africa’s tallest mountain. For trekkers headed to the top, there are many technical challenges to overcome. Michael Nedham was up to the task, and he used the opportunity to raise $1000 for Fistula Foundation and two other charities. “I was…

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CEO Goes Back to School

Thanks to the generosity of two long-term Fistula Foundation supporters, Lars and Veronica Bane, CEO Kate Grant participated in a weeklong program at Harvard Business School (HBS) designed for nonprofit leaders, called Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. The course was started over twenty years ago, and is led by Harvard faculty members Herman Leonard and…

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Field Notes – I Held Her Hand

By: Katie Weller, Marketing Communications Writer, Fistula Foundation “Sit down, let’s talk to her,” said Joyce, nodding. She gestured to the hospital bed with a smile and a psychologist’s certainty. We were now alone in a hospital room at Jamaa Mission Hospital—one of six facilities in the Action on Fistula program. From my comfortable desk…

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Supporter Spotlight: Merry Moyer

Merry Moyer accepted a challenge from her local mothers’ group to do something outside of her comfort zone. She kept coming back to the idea of raising funds for maternal care. Following the birth of her first child, Merry couldn’t shake how unfair it was that women around the world did not have the same…

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A game-changer for fistula in Kenya

  In 2014, we launched our Action on Fistula program with Astellas Pharma EMEA, and built something powerful; a nationwide network with the potential to end fistula in Kenya. Learn more at this link.

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Action on Fistula: An Innovative Program to End Obstetric Fistula

Borgen Magazine highlights the Action on Fistula program in Kenya, interviewing Fistula Foundation Senior Program Director Lindsey Pollaczek. Read the full article at the link below: Action on Fistula: An Innovative Program to End Obstetric Fistula KENYA – Gladys, a 26 years old mother of two, felt helpless after the labor and birth of her…

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The Need in the Congo: HEAL Africa

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been called “the worst place in the world to be a woman.” Decades of instability have left the majority of the population in poverty, and the maternal and infant mortality rates are among the highest in the world. Access to quality healthcare is limited, particularly in rural areas….

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Field Notes: A 10-Hour Bus Ride and a Long Journey to Healing

By Lindsey Pollaczek, Senior Program Director Lupaula Province, Zambia — Amidst the throngs of women and children at Kabole Health Center in northern Zambia, twenty women slowly boarded a dusty green bus with Mansa General Hospital emblazoned in white lettering on the side. As the women took their seats and waited for the bus to…

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Margaret’s Story

Margaret received free treatment through Fistula Foundation’s Action on Fistula program. In this video, she shares her story.

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Reuters – Africa fights fistula with mobile money and community ambassadors

In this Reuters article, various organizations and initiatives that are working to tackle obstetric fistula throughout Africa are highlighted, including Action on Fistula. Read the full article below: Africa fights fistula with mobile money and community ambassadors YAOUNDE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From training community ambassadors to encourage women with fistula to seek treatment, to…

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Refinery29 – Thinx Is Banking Big On Its Pee-Proof Line Of Undies

Refinery29 highlights, Thinx, the brand behind Icon Undies. Each purchase of Thinx’s pee-proof Icon Undies benefits Fistula Foundation, and contributes funds to obstetric fistula surgery. And while the idea of leakage may seem like something uncommon (or at least, not talked about), Thinx is hoping to combat any preconceived stereotypes by expanding the Icon Undies…

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Supporter Spotlight: Dr. Holly Given

Dr. Holly Given first learned about the issues women face while living with fistula by reading Nicholas Kristof’s column in the New York Times, and became a supporter of Fistula Foundation’s work in 2014. Over the years, Holly kept a close watch on Fistula Foundation’s progress and was inspired to be creative with how she…

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Mother’s Day – You Did It!

We had our most successful Mother’s Day campaign yet, raising over $100,000 more than last year! This success was due in part to a matching gift challenge offered by a generous donor during the last few days of the campaign. This year, a generous donor stepped forward to offer a Mother’s Day match up to…