“This is the largest donation ever provided by any organisation or individual in the history of fistula,” – Kate Grant, CEO of Fistula Foundation, via Thomson Reuters Foundation
Launching on May 23, 2014, Action on Fistula was a groundbreaking partnership between Fistula Foundation and Astellas Pharma EMEA that will deliver €1.5 million ($2 million) from 2014 – 2017 to treat and transform the lives of women suffering from fistula in Kenya. These funds were deployed through Action on Fistula, a comprehensive initiative that will, over the next three years, work to deliver life-changing surgery to 1,200 women and lay the foundation for continuous and lasting availability of fistula treatment in Kenya.
The partnership announced today by Fistula Foundation and Astellas Pharma Europe is the first of its kind in Kenya and has the potential to be a roadmap for the way corporations, NGOs and citizens can join together to identify and treat the severe backlog of women who are suffering from obstetric fistula.
– Dr. Laura Laski, Chief, Sexual and Reproductive Health Branch, UNFPA
Phase One of this initiative is nearly complete. Together with our partners on the ground, we have achieved resounding success:
- A National Fistula Treatment Network that supports routine fistula repair surgery at hospitals across Kenya.
- Life-transforming fistula repair surgery for 2,363 women – exceeding our goal of 1,200 (as of Feb. 28, 2017).
- The first Fistula Training Center in Kenya accredited by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO).
- 6 Kenyan surgeons trained in fistula repair surgery and given the tools to put new skills into practice.
- Extensive community outreach to find and support women in hard-to-reach rural areas and facilitate access to treatment, reaching more than 477,599 community members to date.
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