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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…

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Your Donations at Work – Madagascar

Obstetric fistula happens most frequently in rural areas, where emergency medical care is not easily accessible. A woman’s risk of developing fistula is also exacerbated by cultural misunderstanding about doctors and surgery. Madagascar faces both of these challenges: its infrastructure is poor, which can make travel to the hospital complicated and dangerous. Also, there is…

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Next Stop, Zambia!

After encouraging success in Kenya since 2014, Fistula Foundation is thrilled to expand its countrywide treatment model into a second country–Zambia. We are already seeing early success, with four new hospitals participating in the network. Two Zambian doctors traveled to Kenya for intensive training in fistula surgery under expert surgeon Dr. Hillary Mabeya, and returned…

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We Can’t Thank You Enough!

Over 6,600 women treated in 2017, because of you! 2017 was a year of remarkable growth and advancement, and I am energized by all the work you made possible across Africa and Asia. Together, we raised over $8.5 million to support ongoing work in the field, and I am thrilled to report that over 6,600…

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Fistula Foundation Makes Consumer Reports Best Charity List

On December 9th, Consumer Reports published a list of best charities, including Fistula Foundation! The article recommended 50 highly-rated organizations for the holiday giving season, and Fistula Foundation was listed as one of only five international groups. Accountability, efficiency, and impact are central to our identity at Fistula Foundation. Our team is dedicated to keeping…

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Staff News – Welcome, Caroline Harman!

Caroline Harman is thrilled to join the Fistula Foundation team as Development Associate. She recently completed a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Virginia. She brings with her a background in North African studies and a commitment to…

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Fistula Foundation partners with Quilts For Empowerment

Fistula Foundation is partnering with Quilts for Empowerment, an organization that teaches quilting to impoverished women in Kenya, including obstetric fistula survivors. Quilts for Empowerment has completed many quilt commissions for Fistula Foundation, with each one featuring the women’s work. Read more: Fistula Foundation partners with QFE Quilts for Empowerment is honored to announce that…

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Out of the Margins #1 – Sarah will not be silenced

2018 will be a critical year for women around the world. Women on the margins are sharing their stories—and more and more of us are listening. Sarah Omega Kidangasi, our invaluable staff member, is a fistula survivor. As a teenager, she was raped by a person in power and intimidated into silence. But Sarah is…

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PBS News Hour – Erasing the pain and taboo of this female injury

PBS News Hour highlights obstetric fistula and the suffering it causes to roughly one million women in the developing world. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from Kenya on efforts to offer treatment and reintegrate women back into communities. Watch the full segment in the link below: Erasing the pain and taboo of this…

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Last Hope: The Doctor Who Fixes ‘Inoperable’ Fistulas in Nigeria

Dr. Sunday Lengmang is considered one of the world’s leading fistula surgeons. He is the only doctor in Nigeria that performs urinary diversions—surgeries for women whose fistulas are so severe, they would otherwise be considered “incurable.” Fistula Foundation is proud to support Dr. Lengmang’s work at Evangel Vesico-Vaginal Fistula Center in Jos, Nigeria—the nation bearing…