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Mentoring for better service

As a trained midwife, Barnabus Mulenga acts as a mentor and counselor to pregnant women, helping them with family planning and deliveries.  What sets Barnabus apart from other midwifes, however, is that he’s also a fistula nurse, acting as a mentor to other nurses about the best ways to treat fistula patients.  “I love this…

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“The Worst Place on Earth to be a Woman” [1:29]

Violence and political instability continue to plague the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), effectively crippling its limited maternal healthcare infrastructure and abandoning women who are suffering with fistula. These grinding conditions prompted author and humanitarian Lisa Shannon to call it “the worst place on earth to be a woman.” This International Women’s Day, will you…

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4 Stars, 13 Years in a Row!

Fistula Foundation is proud to announce that—for the thirteenth consecutive year—our organization has been named a 4-Star Charity by Charity Navigator, the leading nonprofit evaluator in the United States. Only 1% of charities reviewed on the site have received this 4-Star rating over such a sustained period of time. “We know you care about the…

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Icon: How You’re Helping Women Around the Globe

This giving season, our partner Icon is making a difference! From now through Sunday, December 3rd, Icon is donating $5 to Fistula Foundation for every pair of undies sold. Giveback Manager, Laura Blackburn, says: “We’ve seen how a simple surgery can help restore a sense of normalcy for women who have lived with obstetric fistula…

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Dr. Thomas Raassen Visits Somaliland

Expert visiting surgeon delivers transformative care For more than three decades, fistula surgeon Dr. Thomas Raassen has been traveling the globe, changing the lives of suffering women. He has very likely performed fistula surgeries in more countries than any other surgeon in the world. Originally from Amsterdam, Dr. Raassen lived in Kenya for many years,…

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Campaign: We Need Your Help

Women will go without surgery if we do not raise over $3 million before December 31st Did you know that the last two months of this year will determine how many women will receive treatment in 2019? Nearly half of our annual revenue comes in during the final quarter of the calendar year, and thousands…

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Campaign for Afghanistan – You Did It!

You helped raise over $200,000 for women in need You are changing lives! Thanks to over 300 kindhearted supporters like you, we fulfilled our $200,000 pledge to support vital fistula care in Afghanistan. Because of your compassion, CURE International’s dynamic, all-female fistula team can continue their critical work, filling an acute need for more female…

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Direct Relief – Maternal Health, from Nigeria to Bangladesh

In this presentation with Direct Relief, Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, founder of HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh and Dr. Steve Arrowsmith, medical director of Fistula Foundation, discuss women’s health around the world. Read the full article by Direct Relief below: Maternal Health, from Nigeria to Bangladesh Dr. Ifthikher Mahmood and Dr. Steve Arrowsmith…

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Field Notes – Zambia: A Journey I’ll Never Forget

I can’t believe my three weeks in Zambia have come and gone. I’m writing this post from Chicago, waiting to return to my hometown of Tulsa and replaying everything in my mind. It’s bringing up a cadre of emotions. First, anger. It’s 2018 and this ailment shouldn’t be affecting anyone, let along the numbers it…

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Social Media Roundup: Kristi Eaton, Writer in Residence

Meet Fistula Foundation’s first-ever Writer in Residence: Kristi Eaton! Kristi is a veteran journalist who is passionate about issues facing women and indigenous peoples, global poverty, and social entrepreneurship. She’s traveled the world reporting on these topics for The Associated Press, NBC News, The Washington Post, Ms. Magazine, and more. Kristi spent three weeks in Zambia on…

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Field Notes – Zambia: When Field Work Goes Awry

Field work can be exhilarating, exhausting and exciting. It can also be fraught with issues. During our recent outing from Nchelenge to Lambwe Chomba for a community gathering, we started off at 7:30 a.m. and planned for it to take four hours of travel time. The first hour I did fine, but by hour two…

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Field Notes: In Zambia, Meeting Some of the Bravest Women I’ve Ever Met

By Kristi Eaton, Fistula Foundation Writer in Residence I’ve long been passionate about covering the issues facing women and girls. As a journalist and communications specialist, I’ve written about menstrual hygiene and child marriage in India, birth registration in Indonesia and women in prison in the U.S. So when the opportunity came up to document…

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Women Helping Women in Afghanistan: CURE International Hospital [2:02]

Against a backdrop of continuing violence and oppression of women in Afghanistan, a heroic team of all-female surgeons are doing the nearly impossible: delivering life-changing fistula surgeries to women in need. Fistula Foundation has pledged $200,000 to help our hospital partner, CURE International. A generous donor will MATCH the first $20,000 in gifts to support…