Group CHV Training Mpika, Zambia

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Field Notes: Getting the word out in Zambia

By Lindsey Pollaczek, Senior Program Director MPIKA, Zambia — Last week we completed the first training for community health volunteers here in Mpika, northern Zambia, our first step toward establishing a nationwide fistula treatment network in the country. Applying lessons learned in running our Action on Fistula program in Kenya for the past three years,…

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The Pharma Letter – Setting up a successful corporate giving program

Astellas shares in The Pharma Letter the success of Action on Fistula, and the benefits of setting up an inspirational corporate giving program. Investing in a corporate giving program can be hugely beneficial, not just for the communities your organization supports, but also your business. As well as giving back to society and helping to…

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Spotlight on Where You’re Helping: Madagascar

Despite being known for its rich biodiversity, Madagascar’s people face extreme poverty—three-quarters of the population live on less than $1.25 per day. Fertility rates are high, and child marriage is prevalent in poor, rural areas. Many women lack access to skilled health care providers during delivery, significantly increasing the risk of childbirth complications like fistula….

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Icon Supports Fistula Surgeries

Since November 2015, customers purchasing Icon pee-proof panties have supported fistula treatment. Icon panties are reusable, washable, and comfortable underwear designed to keep women of all ages dry and odor-free from light bladder leaks. Icon has allocated a percentage of its sales to Fistula Foundation, funding 71 free surgeries for women suffering from obstetric fistula…

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Your Donations at Work: Chad

Your donations have supported fistula treatment in Chad since 2011, through the work of our partner Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA). Over the last two years, WAHA reports that they were able to provide life-changing surgery to 310 women—many of whom (40 percent) were suffering from complex injuries requiring an advanced level of surgical…

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Your Donations at Work: DRC

Our partner HEAL Africa has been performing fistula repairs since 2003. Their main facility is in the large town of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but much of their recent work has focused on making fistula care more accessible to rural populations. Last year, a mobile surgical team traveled to Lisala, an…

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Surgeon Spotlight: Dr. Charlotte Kaliti

Gynocare has the distinction of becoming the first official fistula repair surgery training site in Kenya certified by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). Since 2014, six Kenyan doctors have completed FIGO training through an Action on Fistula scholarship and are now accredited as trained fistula surgeons. Dr. Charlotte Kaliti, a registered OB/GYN…

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2017 Allan Rosenfield Award: Jerry Goldstein

Meet Jerry Goldstein, Fistula Foundation’s most dedicated volunteer. In February, Fistula Foundation proudly presented the Allan Rosenfield Award to Jerry Goldstein in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Fistula Foundation’s mission. Over the last 12 years, Jerry has donated hundreds of hours of his time, choosing to spend most of his Monday mornings in our…

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Over 2,000 women’s lives transformed by Action on Fistula

Fistula Foundation is extremely proud to partner with Astellas Pharma EMEA in Kenya, where together we’ve transformed more than 2,000 women’s lives with life-changing obstetric fistula surgery. Read the full press release below: Over 2,000 women’s lives transformed by Action on Fistula News John Pinching Above: On a visit to western Kenya, Astellas staff are…

Outreach in Mumias, Kenya

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Field Notes: A day in Mumias, Kenya

Has someone ever thanked you from the bottom of their heart? By Bill Mann Board Chair, Fistula Foundation   Before I arrived in Mumias, I would have said yes. That time a friend of mine was down on his luck and I helped him out. The time I placed a player with some physical challenges…

Action on Fistula

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Over 2,000 Women’s Lives Transformed by Action on Fistula

OVER 2,000 WOMEN’S LIVES TRANSFORMED BY ACTION ON FISTULA Ground-breaking campaign ends one woman’s 51 year wait for surgical treatment Programme has significantly increased surgical capacity in Kenya to treat fistula Women from 43 of Kenya’s 47 counties have received life-changing care Chertsey, England [25 January, 2017] Astellas today announces its flagship programme, Action on…

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Photo Gallery: Changing Lives in Madagascar

  Despite being known for its rich biodiversity, Madagascar’s people face extreme poverty three quarters of the population live on less than $1.25 per day. Fertility rates are high, and child marriage is prevalent in poor, rural areas. Many women lack access to skilled health care providers during delivery, significantly increasing the risk of childbirth…

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Field Notes: Follow Bill in Africa

Fistula Foundation Board Chair Bill Mann has been passionate about delivering life-changing care to women suffering from obstetric fistula since his first visit to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in 2011. This January, he had a little time to fill, so he booked a plane ticket to visit Fistula Foundation partners in Malawi, Kenya, Madagascar…

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Icon: 2016 Giveback Impact Recap

Blog post from our partner Icon about their 2016 giveback impact, which helped fund fistula repair surgeries for 71 women! Read their full recap below. Our 2016 Giveback Impact Recap As a female-led & run company, Icon is wholeheartedly dedicated to changing lives with beautiful, innovative, eco-friendly, and leak-proof undies (that aren’t disposables piling up…

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A Dream Realized: Gynocare Women’s and Fistula Hospital

Last year, hundreds of supporters stepped in to help us build a hospital in Eldoret, Kenya. Thanks to an outpouring of support from one generous anonymous donor, employees of Astellas Pharma EMEA, and Fistula Foundation donors, the new Gynocare Women’s and Fistula Hospital celebrated its grand opening in fall 2016. The hospital welcomed its first…