Kenya: More Centres Opened to Help Women with Fistula

Monday, December 15, 2014 – 10:00 — BY MATHEWS NDANYI   This article originally appeared in The Star and also ran on  The more than two million women in Kenya suffering from fistula complications face long delays before treatment due to a shortage of experts and facilities. Fistula is a tear in a woman’s…


Give Love for the Holidays

Fistula Foundation was recently featured on Twenty Something Living, a blog for young people that addresses a wide range of topics, including ways to make a difference. This holiday season, they suggest ‘Giving Love’ through our Love A Sister program.   Giving gifts for the holidays can be confusing and entirely too expensive. When looking…


The TED Gift Guide

This holiday season, we are honored to be featured on The Ted Blog as part of their 2014 Gift Guide. Fistula Foundation is listed along with four other organizations from Peter Singer’s The Life You Can Save under the ‘Gifts for Altruists’ section, in which Singer encourages us to try something this year. “Think about…

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Creating a Culture of Effective Philanthropy

Fistula Foundation is proud to be a recommended charity of The Life You Can Save (TLYCS). Inspired by the book of the same name by Australian ethicist Peter Singer, TLYCS maintains a list of 12 recommended charities which it believes can make the most positive change in the most effective ways. TLYCS’s CEO, Charlie Bresler,…



Fistula Foundation was featured in a HiviSasa article about Action on Fistula treatment services becoming available at Kisumu District Hospital. Action on Fistula is a three year partnership between Fistula Foundation and Astellas Pharma Europe, Ltd. to transform the landscape of fistula treatment in Kenya. Kisumu Hospital Opens Fistula Theatre Kisumu District Hospital will soon…


Forbes: Making the Most Impact When You Donate

Fistula Foundation is mentioned as one charity operating effectively in the developing world that is best positioned to achieve optimal results for a donor’s donation.   Making the Most Impact When You Donate GUEST POST WRITTEN BY Charlie Bresler Mr. Bresler is executive director of The Life You Can Save It was just a few cases, but when…


Op-Ed: Creating a Culture of Effective Philanthropy

The following is an op-ed written by Charlie Bresler, Executive Director of The Life You Can Save (TLYCS). TLYCS is an organization founded by the philosopher Peter Singer and based on the basic tenet of Effective Altruism: leading an ethical life involves using a portion of personal wealth and resources to efficiently alleviate the effects…

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$10,000 Grant from The MAIA Foundation

This September, Fistula Foundation was honored to be the recipient of The MAIA Foundation’s final grant in the amount of $10,000. Established by sisters Laureen & Barbara DeBuono in 2008, the Foundation invests in solutions and programs that strengthen the capacity of women to navigate their health and that of their families in sub-Saharan Africa….

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Surgeon Spotlight: Dr. Kees Waaldijk – Nigeria

Some of the unsung heroes in the fight against fistula are the surgeons who dedicate their lives to performing life-transforming fistula repair surgeries for women in need. At 73 years old, Dr. Kees Waaldijk is one surgeon who has truly gone above and beyond…and he’s not showing any signs of stopping! Considered to be one…

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Dispatches from the Field

This September, Fistula Foundation Director of Marketing and Development Joop Rubens and Board member Dr. Larry William traveled to Central and East Africa to visit several of our partner sites. They began their journey at one of our longest-term partners, Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, before moving on to Kenya, Burundi…

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Your Donations at Work: Burundi

We are thrilled to introduce one of our newest partners, Gihofi Hospital in Burundi. Providing competency-based surgeon training in fistula identification and treatment is a top priority of this project. Experts will train new surgeons in Burundi based on the standardized fistula manual recently developed by FIGO. This increase in the number of qualified fistula…

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Your Donations At Work: Rwanda/Somaliland

This August, Fistula Foundation partner surgeon Dr. Lauri Romanzi led a collaborative fistula training exercise for surgeon trainees from Rwanda and Somaliland. Carried out at Edna Adan University Hospital and National Boroma Fistula Hospital in Somaliland, the training was a great success. 56 surgeries were completed and Dr. Romanzi reported that the six trainees in…

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Global Moms Challenge 2014 Gift Guide

We are a proud partner of Global Moms Challenge, an organization that connects moms in the U.S. with their peers around the world in an accessible and actionable way. This year, Global Moms Challenge featured our ‘Gifts That Heal’ in its 2014 gift guide. To view the entire gift guide and learn more about Global…

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Blog: Duke University student on fistula outreach in Tanzania

This summer, Duke University student Korrine Terroso had the opportunity to take part in a community outreach initiative in rural Tanzania funded by Fistula Foundation. In the following blog post, Korrine recounts her experience. This summer, I had the privilege of accompanying a community outreach team on a 10-day trip to identify women with obstetric…

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We’re Top-Rated by GreatNonprofits!

Fistula Foundation has been honored with a prestigious 2014 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Fistula Foundation received – reviews written by our volunteers and donors who post their personal experience with the nonprofit….

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The Important Work of Fistula Foundation

By Maggie Wagner ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Global health issues are overwhelming and complicated already, but they are more disquieting when a simple solution exists unaccompanied by anyone to fight the problem. Often in the face of problems, there exists the dangerous assumption that if it hasn’t been solved yet, the solution must be near…

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