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Field Notes: On the road in Madagascar

By Bill Mann, Fistula Foundation Board Chair I’m going to introduce you to Vavizely in a second. I warn you, her story is fairly difficult to imagine and a little hard to take. I met Vavizely at Freedom from Fistula’s surgical center in Toamasina, Madagascar. Toamasina is a compact, neat, prosperous coastal town, the commercial…

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Partner Spotlight: CCBRT in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

While Tanzania has made significant progress in its health care development and improvement of maternal health, there is still a long way to go. In rural areas most women still give birth at home without the assistance of a skilled attendant. This, coupled with lack of access to emergency obstetric care, significantly increases a woman’s…

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Your Donations at Work: Uganda

Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services in Uganda (CoRSU) | Thanks to successful patient outreach efforts, our partners at CoRSU report that they were able to treat 136 women last year, surpassing their goal of providing free fistula repair surgeries to 100 women. In addition to outreach, their program includes follow-up visits at local screening sites closer to…

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Supporter Spotlight: Gordon Marsh

Based in Houston, Texas, former horn player Gordon Marsh has been a loyal Fistula Foundation supporter for more than 12 years, ever since watching the documentary, A Walk to Beautiful which follows women living with fistula. Seeing how they were ostracized from their own families and communities, he was moved by how horrific their suffering…

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Louis CK stars on Saturday Night Live!

On April 8, 2017, Emmy Award® winner, comedian, and actor Louis CK was a guest host for NBC’s Saturday Night Live. During the closing credits of the episode, he wore a t-shirt bearing the Fistula Foundation website!     It’s not the first time Louis CK has supported Fistula Foundation. It all started back in…

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Newly Flush With Cash, Can Tushy Make Us Believe In Bidets?

In an interview with Fast Company about Tushy, an innovative bidet attachment, CEO and founder Miki Agrawal seeks to take aim at taboos around hygiene through innovative products. Miki Agrawal is also the CEO and founder of Icon, which has funded 71 obstetric fistula surgeries for developing countries through it’s partnership with Fistula Foundation. Read…

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Women Inspire: Rose’s Story

In honor of International Women’s Day, Fistula Foundation CEO Kate Grant writes about how access to surgery and vocational training is empowering women—and impacting entire communities in the process. Read the story of Rose on Global Moms Challenge: #WomenInspire: How access to surgery and vocational training is changing lives – Global Moms Challenge Rose Chelimo…

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Field Notes: Getting the word out in Zambia

By Lindsey Pollaczek, Senior Program Director MPIKA, Zambia — Last week we completed the first training for community health volunteers here in Mpika, northern Zambia, our first step toward establishing a nationwide fistula treatment network in the country. Applying lessons learned in running our Action on Fistula program in Kenya for the past three years,…

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The Pharma Letter – Setting up a successful corporate giving program

Astellas shares in The Pharma Letter the success of Action on Fistula, and the benefits of setting up an inspirational corporate giving program. Investing in a corporate giving program can be hugely beneficial, not just for the communities your organization supports, but also your business. As well as giving back to society and helping to…

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Spotlight on Where You’re Helping: Madagascar

Despite being known for its rich biodiversity, Madagascar’s people face extreme poverty—three-quarters of the population live on less than $1.25 per day. Fertility rates are high, and child marriage is prevalent in poor, rural areas. Many women lack access to skilled health care providers during delivery, significantly increasing the risk of childbirth complications like fistula….

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Icon Supports Fistula Surgeries

Since November 2015, customers purchasing Icon pee-proof panties have supported fistula treatment. Icon panties are reusable, washable, and comfortable underwear designed to keep women of all ages dry and odor-free from light bladder leaks. Icon has allocated a percentage of its sales to Fistula Foundation, funding 71 free surgeries for women suffering from obstetric fistula…

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Your Donations at Work: Chad

Your donations have supported fistula treatment in Chad since 2011, through the work of our partner Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA). Over the last two years, WAHA reports that they were able to provide life-changing surgery to 310 women—many of whom (40 percent) were suffering from complex injuries requiring an advanced level of surgical…

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Your Donations at Work: DRC

Our partner HEAL Africa has been performing fistula repairs since 2003. Their main facility is in the large town of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but much of their recent work has focused on making fistula care more accessible to rural populations. Last year, a mobile surgical team traveled to Lisala, an…

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Surgeon Spotlight: Dr. Charlotte Kaliti

Gynocare has the distinction of becoming the first official fistula repair surgery training site in Kenya certified by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). Since 2014, six Kenyan doctors have completed FIGO training through an Action on Fistula scholarship and are now accredited as trained fistula surgeons. Dr. Charlotte Kaliti, a registered OB/GYN…

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2017 Allan Rosenfield Award: Jerry Goldstein

Meet Jerry Goldstein, Fistula Foundation’s most dedicated volunteer. In February, Fistula Foundation proudly presented the Allan Rosenfield Award to Jerry Goldstein in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Fistula Foundation’s mission. Over the last 12 years, Jerry has donated hundreds of hours of his time, choosing to spend most of his Monday mornings in our…

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Over 2,000 women’s lives transformed by Action on Fistula

Fistula Foundation is extremely proud to partner with Astellas Pharma EMEA in Kenya, where together we’ve transformed more than 2,000 women’s lives with life-changing obstetric fistula surgery. Read the full press release below: Over 2,000 women’s lives transformed by Action on Fistula News John Pinching Above: On a visit to western Kenya, Astellas staff are…