How $450 Can Do a World of Good for Women

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By Alyce Lomax

Here at The Motley Fool our mission year-round is to help the world invest better. Through our annual Foolanthropy campaign, we can help investors give better, too, by partnering with reputable, highly efficient organizations that help address some of the biggest human needs in the world.

Just in time for Giving Tuesday, we’re proud to announce our 2015 Foolanthropy partner, Fistula Foundation, which provides hope for women and girls who suffer greatly from the childbirth injury known as obstetric fistula, which leaves them incontinent and often outcasts in their society. However, this injury can usually be treated with surgery that costs as little as $450 and takes less than an hour to complete.

According to the foundation, “No woman should suffer a life of misery and isolation simply for trying to bring a child into the world.” It seems hard to believe, but a million women in the world today are living with this treatable injury.

Click here to invest your tax-deductible contribution before 2015 ends, or read on to learn more about this worthy organization and the good it does for women.

Restoring quality of life
It’s understandable if many American citizens aren’t familiar with the term “obstetric fistula.” That’s because in the U.S. and Europe, advances in emergency obstetric care and procedures to address obstructed births, such as C-sections, have nearly eradicated the dangerous and debilitating condition.

However, even in this day and age, fistulas are still too common in impoverished countries where there is limited access to obstetric care. Fistula Foundation estimates that 1 million women worldwide are afflicted with a fistula — resulting in a huge unmet need it’s trying to address.

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