Our Hero: Edna Adan

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Meet Our Hero: Edna Adan

                          Edna Adan could have done anything when she retired, but she decided to cash in her life savings and build a hospital in Somaliland for women and children in the Horn of Africa. Watch her story and learn what she’s doing to…

Ayana's Piggybank

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Ayana’s Piggybank

Ayana is 5. She could have spent the contents of her piggybank on anything, but she chose to give her $25 to Fistula Foundation, to be used for treating women with fistula in Ethiopia. Will you match Ayana’s $25 donation and help to heal even more “womens” suffering from obstetric fistula?

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Training the Trainers: Standardizing Fistula Surgery Training Worldwide

The biggest single obstacle to increasing treatment for the number of women with fistula is the lack of appropriately trained fistula surgeons. That’s why Fistula Foundation partner FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) created the first-ever Global Competency-Based Training Manual, a groundbreaking tool released last year that many believe will change the landscape of…

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The Muslim Mother Teresa

This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post. By Kate Grant CEO, Fistula Foundation I hope I live to see the day where a humanitarian hero is referred to as theChristian Edna Adan. Who’s Edna Adan? The short answer: she’s a nurse-midwife, founder of a hospital bearing her name, who’s saving and changing the lives…

CEO Kate Grant addresses Woodrow Wilson Center

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CEO Kate Grant Speaks at the Woodrow Wilson Center

On September 27, 2012, Fistula Foundation CEO Kate Grant participated on a panel at The Wilson Center entitled “Programmatic and Policy Recommendations for Addressing Obstetric Fistula and Uterine Prolapse.” Watch her portion of the presentation in this video clip. Other panelists represented UNFPA and EngenderHealth. For the full panel presentation, click here.

Goni's Story

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One Woman’s Story: Goni from Ethiopia

Goni lives in Ethiopia. Married at a young age, she became pregnant soon after. Her labor became obstructed and she lost the baby. The obstructed labor resulted in a fistula that left her incontinent; her husband left her soon after. At the age of 15 she underwent a successful fistula repair surgery at Gondar University…

Alexandra Lockett and Paul Hauser

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A Generous Young Couple

Many young couples planning a wedding visit department stores and register for everything from china to toaster ovens. Alexandra Lockett and Paul Hauser had another idea. Rather than encourage their friends and family to buy gifts for them, this generous young couple asked their wedding guests to make donations to the Fistula Foundation. In July…

Dining For Women (DFW)

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Dining for Women

When Dining for Women (DFW) learned of the work of the Fistula Foundation a few years ago, its members were excited to see that the Foundation’s aims resonate so deeply with DFW’s own mission. Dining for Women is a national non-profit organization based in Greenville, South Carolina. It empowers women globally who live in extreme…

Tesfa Ineste

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Tesfa Ineste: Volunteers with a Heart

Tesfa Ineste means “let’s give them hope” in Amharic, a main language in Ethiopia – and is a fundraising cam­paign of the Fistula Foundation established to raise funds for the construction of the Fistula Hospital in Harar. Through the dedication and generosity of the Ethiopian-American community in the United States, Tesfa Ineste raised nearly $300,000…

Sue Hoese

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The Dignity Bracelet: A Story of Giving

Like many who saw the January 2004 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show featuring Dr. Catherine Hamlin, Sue Hoese had never heard of an obstetric fistula. The show opened her eyes and moved her to take action. She founded a group called the “Bead Together Circle of Friends” to make beaded bracelets for patients at…