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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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Each Week, a Life Changed

Not many people can say that they change a life on a weekly basis. We know one person who can: new donor Dr. Albert Malvino. He has committed to funding one life-changing fistula surgery every week through our Love A Sister program. More than 10 women have already been healed because of his generosity. “Fistula…

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My Friend, Oprah

“I got the best job of my life from Oprah Winfrey. I know you think I’m just a name dropper, but I’ve never met Oprah. She has no idea I exist. I’m sure of it.” Fistula Foundation CEO Kate Grant shares this article on Global Moms Challenge. Read it at the link below: FistulaFoundation_Oprah I…

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Charity Navigator – March is Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, Charity Navigator published a list of highly-rated three and four star charities focusing their efforts on a variety of causes and issues which benefit women and girls, whether locally or internationally. Fistula Foundation is proud to be part of this list! “You can give confidently to these organizations, knowing…

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PharmaTimes – Unlocking women’s access to healthcare

CEO Kate Grant shares this opinion piece on Pharma Times about unlocking access to healthcare for women, especially the poorest and most vulnerable. Read more below: Unlocking women’s access to healthcare – PharmaTimes Pharma can and must make a difference to women across the world, says Kate Grant, CEO of Fistula Foundation – News –…

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You’re Building This Hospital in the Congo!

Six months ago, supporters like you did something incredible. Over 700 people donated to help build a new fistula facility in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We are excited to report that construction is well underway! Please enjoy the photos below from our partner, HEAL Africa.

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Out of the Margins #3 – Strength in the ashes

Note: this story contains distressing content. Hasana* lost everything when Boko Haram destroyed her village. But she survived—and is making a life for herself amidst the ashes.   The attack was horrific. Boko Haram militants tore through Hasana’s village, killing and raping her family and neighbors. When help arrived, the militants set her village on…

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The New York Times – How to Make the World a Better Place

If you have a subscription to The New York Times, you can check out Nicholas Kristof’s article, “How to Make The World a Better Place.” This article is part of “A Year of Living Better,” a monthly online series of how-to guides for subscribers that will help improve your life, community and world. Fistula Foundation…

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Out of the Margins #2 – This doctor is unstoppable

Dr. Charlotte Kaliti is a force to be reckoned with. She is the first female surgeon to complete Fistula Foundation’s rigorous training program in Kenya—and she’s just getting started. Dr. Kaliti commands the room as she sits at the head of a conference table in Nairobi. She looks impeccable—even though she entered only moments before…

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Konnichiwa, Japan! CEO presents alongside UNFPA at Tokyo conference

On December 12th, Fistula Foundation CEO Kate Grant participated in an event organized by Astellas Pharma EMEA, in advance of the Universal Health Coverage Forum in Tokyo, Japan. The event grew out of Universal Health Coverage day, and aims to rally the world’s nations to prioritize health care for all. UNFPA, the World Health Organization…

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Congratulations, Kelly Brennan!

Fistula Foundation is delighted to announce the new Vice Chair of our board of directors: Kelly Brennan, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. She is a longtime supporter of the organization, and has served on the board for two years. Kelly first heard about the scourge of obstetric fistula when she attended a talk by Nicholas…

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February is a Month of Love

…but monthly donors spread it year-round! At Fistula Foundation, we believe that spreading love and hope should be a year-round activity. That’s why we are so proud of our monthly donor community. Over 1,000 of these passionate individuals are working to end the suffering caused by obstetric fistula. Washington physician John Moran is a proud…