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Surgeon Spotlight: Itengré Ouédraogo

Born in Burkina Faso and educated in Cuba, Dr. Itengré Ouédraogo trained as a general surgeon before returning to West Africa. It was while working with a United Nations health initiative in rural Gouré, Niger, that he had his first direct contact with fistula patients. Being from sub-Saharan Africa, he was familiar with the kinds…

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Nepal: One Year Later

In the days following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in April 2015, we were relieved to learn that all of our partners in Nepal were safe. But in the capital city, the Kathmandu Model Hospital had been damaged. Staff and patients were moved to the parking lot, for fear the entire facility might collapse. One of…


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The Path and Privilege of Citizenship

Fistula Foundation supporter Kirsten Plate has been a terrific advocate for women suffering from fistula. Read her story on our website here, or check out the news clip about her below. Click here to continue reading the article on the aNewsCafe.com website. The Path and Privilege of Citizenship

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Life Changing Surgery for Refugees in Kenya

In this Girls’ Globe piece, Program Director Lindsey Pollaczek shares her experience meeting women suffering from fistula in Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp. It’s difficult to imagine what it would be like to live in Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp. Located on the northeastern border of Kenya, the camp is home to more…

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Highlights from #WHWWeek Twitter Chat

On April 4, 2016, Fistula Foundation participated in a Twitter chat hosted by Johnson & Johnson discussing #WHWWeek, celebrating health workers around the world and their contributions to the Global Goals. Scroll below to see an archive of the conversation! [View the story “#WHWWeek Twitter Chat ” on Storify]

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Your Donations at Work: Guinea

Our partner in Guinea, EngenderHealth, dealt with an unexpected challenge in the past year: the Ebola outbreak. As one of three West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak, Guinea reported more than 2,500 Ebola-related deaths. During the epidemic, the government required that all women arriving at the health facility in Conakry undergo a 21-day…

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Your Donations at Work: South Sudan

Amid ongoing challenges of instability, violence and very limited health infrastructure, partner organization Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA) provided surgery to 249 women in South Sudan over the last two years. Nearly half of these surgeries were complex cases, and expert surgeons worked with local fistula care teams to ensure that patients received high-quality…


The New York Times: The World’s Modern-Day Lepers: Women with Fistulas

In this article, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof writes about the suffering fistula brings to women worldwide, and how organizations and strategic initiatives can prioritize women’s rights to save more lives from this devastating condition. By Nicholas Kristof March 19, 2016 ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — ONE of the worst things that can happen to a…

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Highlights from #WomenInspire Twitter Chat

On February 17, Fistula Foundation participated in a Twitter chat hosted by Johnson & Johnson discussing #WomenInspire, spotlighting women making a difference in global health and change. Scroll below to see an archive of the conversation! [View the story “#WomenInspire Twitter Chat ” on Storify]

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Supporter Spotlight: An Interview with Patrick Force

After speaking with a friend about the dream of a large-scale hike, Patrick decided to embark on an epic, near 1,900-mile trek for charity along one of the three major U.S. long-distance hiking trails: the Continental Divide. Running a total of 3,100 miles, the trail can be hazardous. But adventure called to Patrick, and before…

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Highlights from #GlobalGoals Twitter Chat

On February 17, Fistula Foundation participated in a Twitter chat hosted by Johnson & Johnson discussing #GlobalGoals action for women and girls, and ways to invest in women to achieve sustainable development for communities. Scroll below to see an archive of the conversation! [View the story “#GlobalGoals for Women & Girls Health Twitter Chat” on…

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Supporter Spotlight: Kirsten Plate

Sometimes discovering important causes comes from sources outside of an individual like a pamphlet or a commercial. Other times, the sources come from a personal place. Kirsten Plate’s path to Fistula Foundation was personal. A friend of hers once developed a fistula. Even with the best care imaginable in the United States, the experience was…

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Seek early medical care. Women suffering from obstetric fistula told

The Northern Regional Director of the Department of Gender, Mr I.P.S. Zakaria-Saa, has encouraged women suffering from obstetric fistula to seek early medical care since its treatment is free. He said fistula was one of the factors causing the breakdown of marriages in parts of the country, pointing out that women should not feel shy…

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Motley Fool “Foolanthropy” Campaign Aims for $100,000 Investment in Fistula

The Motley Fool helps the world invest better. Every year, their annual “Foolanthropy” campaign helps investors give better, too, by partnering with reputable, highly efficient organizations that help address some of the biggest human needs in the world. Fistula Foundation was honored to be selected as their 2015 charity. Throughout the month of December, employees…

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3D Bioprinting, Wearables, and More From CES

In a video interview with special guest David Kretzmann about his week at CES 2016, The Motley Fool discusses healthcare, technology and highlights from the Consumer Technology Association. Interviewer Kristine Harjes gives a special shout-out to Fistula Foundation and the Foolanthropy campaign: “One more thing before we wrap up, I just wanted to mention, The…

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