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Beads of Hope Bracelet Listed in Million Moms Challenge Gift Guide

We Love Giving and Receiving! Don’t You? Part II of our Holiday Gift Guide! December 12, 2013 “You won’t find gifts this important on any shelf this year.” Join the Fistula Foundation in helping a woman receive life-transforming fistula repair surgery by sending your loved one a Fistula Foundation Dignity Gift. One of our favorites…

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About Obstetric Fistula & Fistula Foundation

Too many women around the world are suffering from a devastating childbirth injury called obstetric fistula. Learn about the injury and how Fistula Foundation is working throughout Africa and Asia to heal women who are suffering by funding surgeries that change their lives forever.

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The Meaning of $450

Fistula Foundation took to the streets to ask people what they would give up to help give a woman a new life. We were inspired by what we found.

Care providers gather in the lobby of the Center for Reproductive Health and Fistula Repair in N'Djamena, Chad

Expanding Access to Quality Treatment for Women in Chad

Women suffering from fistula in Chad will have access to a regional medical center which specializes in treating women with fistula, thanks to one woman’s very generous gift to The Fistula Foundation. Her donation will help The Center for Reproductive Health and Fistula Repair become a center of excellence with the capacity to treat even more women suffering from obstetric fistula. The…

Fistula and pelvic floor disorders team at CURE International Hospital in Kabul.

Your Donations at Work: Expert Surgeon Visits Afghanistan

Over the last year, Fistula Foundation’s support of an OBGYN fellowship at the CURE International Hospital in Kabul graduated two doctors in the past six months and continued the advanced training of four GYN surgeons and five female doctors. They report treating over 80 women and are well on their way to reaching their goal…

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Dr. Sohier Elneil Named as New Foundation Board Chair

As the final board meeting of 2013 came to a close last month, Fistula Foundation thanked Board Chair Kassahun Kebede for his eight years of leadership, and welcomed Dr. Sohier Elneil into the Board Chair role. Dr. Elneil has big shoes to fill, but her extensive medical background, global reputation as a leader in the…

Country Spotlight: Angola

The Centro Evangelico de Medico do Lubango (CEML) is a general hospital that serves the large region of southern Angola; patients come from 250 km away and even from neighboring Namibia to receive treatment. Angola has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world with 1 in 29 women dying in childbirth and…

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We’re Top-Rated on GreatNonprofits!

Thanks to your thoughtful five-star reviews, Fistula Foundation is now a Top-Rated Charity on GreatNonprofits! “I have been a donor for several years to this most worthy foundation. I know without a doubt that I am help ing change women’s lives when I contribute. This organization is highly rated and I know that my dollars…

Your Donations at Work: Expert Surgeon Visits Somaliland

Donations to Fistula Foundation supported a visit by fistula and pelvic floor surgeon Dr. Lauri Romanzi to the Edna Adan University Hospital in Hargeisa and the Boroma National Fistula Hospital in Boroma. During her visit, 49 women at the two hospitals were treated for obstetric fistula and other incontinence problems. Support was also provided for…

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8 Years in a Row: 4 Stars from Charity Navigator

Fistula Foundation Recognized in Top 1% For the eighth consecutive year in a row, Fistula Foundation is proud to receive a four star rating – the highest available – from Charity Navigator, the United States’ premiere charity evaluator. This ranking puts Fistula Foundation in thetop 1% of all charities rated. Last year Charity Navigator received…

Voice of America

Surgeons Bring Relief to South Sudan Obstetric Fistula Sufferers

Fistula Foundation is referenced in an article about an obstetric fistula treatment camp recently held in South Sudan. Surgeons Bring Relief to South Sudan Obstetric Fistula Sufferers By Lucy Poni JUBA — Doctors in South Sudan have wrapped up a two-week campaign to perform reparative surgery on scores of women with obstetric fistula, a condition…

Lincoln School in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica: 8th Graders Commit to Treating Fistula

Over the last two years, students in the 8th grade class at Lincoln School in Costa Rica have raised nearly $10,000 toward Fistula Foundation’s efforts to treat women who are suffering from obstetric fistula. Inspired by a teacher who has a passion for current affairs, the students have been committed to helping heal women with…

The Daily Princetonian

Practical ethics precepts universally give to developing world over U.

Fistula Foundation is the beneficiary of Princeton students’ generosity thanks to a class designed by ethicist Peter Singer:   Practical ethics precepts universally give to developing world over U. By Konadu Amoakuh In an academic exercise with real-world applications, students in CHV 310: Practical Ethics were asked to determine whether charitable donations could be better…

Huffington Post Global Motherhood

For Ethiopian Mothers, A Fate Worse Than Death

Fistula Foundation and our partner WAHA International are mentioned in this Huffington Post piece about a visit to the Gondar University’s fistula care center in Ethiopia: For Ethiopian Mothers, A Fate Worse Than Death By Kelly Yee Across much of Africa, there is a high lifestyle disparity between those who live in urban areas and those who…

A New Start for Safina

Fistula Foundation is a new partner of Uganda Village Project. On their blog, they wrote about how our support is funding fistula treatment to help heal women like Safina:  A New Start for Safina Uganda Village Project (UVP) is wrapping up one of the thrice-yearly fistula repair camps that happen at Kamuli Mission Hospital. We…

Izzy Howerton

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St. Louis, MO: Running for a Reason

Izzy Howerton is a runner who loves to go the distance. Earlier this year, she put her hobby to use by hitting the pavement for women with obstetric fistula. Inspired by a Global Action Project class, in which she learned about global issues and how to solve them, Izzy decided to take on the issue…

Natalie P.

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Hoboken, NJ: Student works to “Improve a Life”

This summer, we received a letter and generous contribution from Natalie P., at the time an 8th grader at Elysian Charter School in Hoboken, NJ. She had selected Fistula Foundation as the focus of her “Improve a Life” project for her Humanities class, a project through which students raise funds and awareness for a cause…

Members of Starfish Club at Brookline High

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Brookline, MA: The Starfish Club

In 2010, a then 12-year-old grade school student in Brookline, MA named Sarah Gladstone was inspired when she read the book Half the Sky: Turning Opppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. She decided to act in support of women and girls suffering from the childbirth injury of obstetric fistula by creating The Starfish Project, through…