Why Do We Work in Angola?

Angola was devastated by a 27 year civil war that ended in 2002. The country’s peace contributed to its own “baby boom,” however the health infrastructure has not been able to keep up with the needs of the burgeoning population. Despite the country’s wealth in natural resources, the health indicators are grim: Angola has one of the world’s highest fertility rates, lowest life expectancies, and some of the highest rates of maternal and child mortality. While the country has been striving to reduce maternal mortality as part of its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, it still lacks adequate maternal health services and emergency obstetric care for women.

What You Help Us Do In Angola

We’re helping fund:

  • Fistula surgeries
  • Community outreach


Centro Evangélico de Medicina do Lubango (Evangelical Medical Center of Lubango, or CEML), Lubango
Kalukembe Hospital
Unidade Fistula Obstetrica (UFO), Damba

How much funding have we granted?


$100,000 in FY2015
$100,000 in FY2014
$100,000 in FY2013
$100,000 in FY2012
$131,704 in FY2011
$100,000 in FY2010
$50,000 in FY2009

Kalukembe Hospital

$55,000 in FY2016

Unidade Fistula Obstetrica

$109,850 in FY2016
$109,800 in FY2015
$25,000 in FY2013

Who is our partner?

We provide grant support directly to these organizations.

How will this help women in Angola?

To address the critical need for improved maternal health services in Angola, Dr. Stephen Foster opened the Centro Evangélico de Medicina do Lubango in 2006. The goal of the center is to offer the local population a stable, centrally-located hospital and provide patients with transportation, surgery, housing and nutritional assistance. Like his father before him, Dr. Foster has served as a lifelong missionary surgeon in Africa. We are proud to support Dr. Foster and his dedicated hospital team, as they have treated hundreds of women suffering from fistula since we partnered with them in 2009. They are now able to provide free fistula surgeries to over 100 women per year and are working to penetrate remote areas of the country in order to raise awareness about fistula, identify new patients and inform them of their treatment options.

Unidade Fistula Obstetrica (UFO) represents the fistula repair unit at Damba District Hospital in northern Angola. Along with CEML, it is one of only two fistula repair centers in the entire country. Funding from Fistula Foundation supports the surgical costs of patients operated on at UFO as well as their transportation expenses to and from the hospital and necessary medical supplies. It will also support a three-week workshop led by expert surgeon Dr. Mike Breen, in order to repair extremely complex cases of fistula and provide training for local surgeons and fistula care staff, with medication and transportation funds provided for patients to return home. In 2015, 2 additional surgeons and 9 health care providers were trained. In 2016, an additional 6 health care providers were trained, and 1 surgeon was trained in operative and post-operative care for patients.

Kalukembe Hospital is a large 100-year-old district hospital established by Swiss missionaries. Located in a war-torn, medically underserved area of Angola, it has been without a full-time physician for more than 20 years, with nurses managing the many aspects of patient care. Through the Christian Health Service Corps, Dr. Daniel Cummings and Dr. Priscilla Cummings are returning to Angola (they worked briefly there in 2012-2013) to serve the people of this rural area. Funding from Fistula Foundation supports community outreach, fistula surgeries, nutritional support for patients, and a water project for all aspects of care at the hospital. They hope to undertake 50 surgeries in the first year, establishing a crucial new fistula center here.

Where is Angola?

Fistula Foundation: Angola - Map

Facts About Angola

  • Population:20,172,332
  • Average births per woman:5.31
  • Physicians per 10,000 people:1.7
  • Births attended by skilled personnel:49.9%
  • Lifetime risk of maternal death:1 in 32(chances a woman will die during childbirth)
  • Female life expectancy:57.2 years
  • Female literacy:60.7%
  • Population living in rural areas:55.95%
  • Population living in poverty:40.5%(less than $1.25/day)
  • Surgeries completed through Fistula Foundation funding to date:1098

Sources: CIA World Fact Book; WHO, World Bank.

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