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Mother’s Day Video: Sarah’s Story

This Mother’s Day is a special one for Sarah. Sarah Omega, our communications officer in Eldoret, Kenya, is a fistula survivor and maternal health advocate. Raped at the age of 19, she endured a lengthy obstructed labor and gave birth to a stillborn baby boy. She also developed a fistula. Thinking treatment was impossible, she lived…

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Kate Grant MPA ’94: Money does not equal happiness

An interview with CEO Kate Grant from Career Services at Princeton University about what she would do if she won the lottery, and her advice to young adults with dreams of changing the world. Kate Grant MPA ’94: Money does not equal happiness | Career Services Would I make a lot more money if I…

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Partner Surgeon Dr. Denis Mukwege Named a Time 100 Honoree

In April, Dr. Denis Mukwege was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, honored for his work with survivors of wartime rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The article, written by Dr. Jill Biden—wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and a lifelong educator—describes him thus: “With a towering presence, a…


This Indian has created an underwear for women on their period

Miki Agrawal is a New York-based entrepreneur who invests in projects that tackles taboo subjects while helping fund women’s health non-profits. She’s a co-founder of Icon, an incontinence underwear that helps fund and support Fistula Foundation’s work.    This Indian has created an underwear for women on their period

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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…


Supporter Spotlight
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 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]

One Woman's Story: Guinea

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…

Fistula Foundation: South Sudan

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…

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