Making Quality Surgical Care a Right

Fistula Foundation an Inaugural Member of G4 Global Alliance On May 19, the G4 Alliance was officially launched at a meeting and kick-off ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, to coincide with the 2015 World Health Assembly. G4, of which Fistula Foundation is a member, is a global alliance for surgical, obstetric, trauma, and anesthesia care that…

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Dr. Denis Mukwege Honored by ACOG

Congratulations to our partner surgeon Dr. Denis Mukwege, who was recently recognized as a College Honorary Fellow by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) at their 2015 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Dr. Mukwege is the founder and lead surgeon at Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of our…

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Your Donations At Work: Nigeria

Essential medical equipment delivered to fistula hospital in Nigeria The National Obstetric Fistula Center in Babbar Ruga, Nigeria, is part of the country’s National Fistula Program network. While it is able to perform hundreds of repair surgeries each year, one of its head fistula surgeons, Dr. Sadiya Nasir, reported to us that much of their…

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400 Lives Transformed in First Year of Action On Fistula

May marked the one year anniversary of the launch of Action on Fistula, a three year, $2 million initiative designed to make a lasting impact on fistula treatment in Kenya, led by Fistula Foundation and funded by Astellas Pharma EMEA. The key objectives of Action on Fistula are focused on three critical areas – treatment,…

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Fistula Foundation Donors Help Rebuild Nepal

Campaign Raises $150K in 24 hours In the days following the devastating April earthquake in Nepal, we were relieved to hear from our partner surgeon in Kathmandu, Dr. Ganesh Dangal, that he and the rest of the team at Kathmandu Model Hospital were safe. Dr. Dangal and his dedicated colleagues got to work immediately providing…


Huffington Post: Raising the Bar on Respectful Care During Childbirth

By Kate Grant CEO, Fistula Foundation   Like so many first-time mothers-to-be in the U.S., I attended childbirth classes regularly before the birth of my now 15-year old-son. While those classes are largely a blur, I do remember one exercise: tightly gripping an ice cube for 60 seconds while breathing deeply to help replicate the…

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Lauren Jelks Counted Her Pennies

Lauren first learned about obstetric fistula from her older brother. “I realized that this is a really important issue that people aren’t really aware of. and not only are they not aware of it, but it’s so easy to fix.” A senior at Castro Valley High School, Lauren founded the 50/50 Feminist Club, which met…


The Face of HOPE

Meet Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, founder of the HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh. We have proudly funded his work since 2010; his hospital is the only facility in southern Bangladesh providing fistula treatment. Watch our interview with him to learn more about our partnership and his life-changing work.


Huffington Post: Dying From Corruption

By Kate Grant CEO, Fistula Foundation Humankind has triumphed over diseases that used to kill millions – think plague, smallpox and polio – but we haven’t seemed to slay the largest killer of them all: greed. In a riveting piece of stellar journalism, Nick Kristof and Adam Ellick of The New York Times posted this…


Mentioned on Rainmakers TV

Fistula Foundation is featured in an interview about effective altruism on Rainmakers TV by Charlie Bresler, Executive Director of The Life You Can Save. We’re proud to be a featured charity of The Life You Can Save. Learn more about their work, or see how effective your donations can be by using their Impact Calculator.


Fighting Fistula in Kenya: Two women’s endeavor to end discrimination

This post originally appeared on One.org’s blog and highlights the work of two fistula advocates, Habiba Corodhia Mohamed and Sarah Omega Kidangasi, who are bringing hope to women with fistula in Kenya through our Action on Fistula program.     By Siegfried Modola June 18, 2015 Obstetric Fistula is a severe medical condition affecting over a…


Faith’s Story

When Faith developed fistula at age 12, her mother left. But her father stayed. Watch this inspiring story of a father’s love and of a brave young woman whose life was transformed, thanks to free surgery via our Action on Fistula program in Kenya. Action on Fistula is a program led by Fistula Foundation, with…

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International Day of the African Child: Rahila’s Story

Twenty-five years ago in 1990, the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child was adopted. Today, on the International Day of the African Child, we celebrate those 25 years and reflect on the progress that has been made to date, and the long road that still lies ahead. This year’s theme is…

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Partner Spotlight: HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh

HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh was founded by Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, and has established a hospital in the town of Cox’s Bazar as well as eight regional health centers. Since partnering with HOPE Foundation in 2010, there has been much progress in the treatment of fistula in Bangladesh. Watch this video to…

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The Unsung Hero Behind HOPE Bangladesh

There are many unsung heroes in our world who work tirelessly to better the lives of people besides themselves. One of these people is Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, who, for the last 15 years, has quietly been improving the health of countless women in need who would otherwise be forgotten. Dr. Mahmood was born in southern…


The Star: 3,000 new fistula cases come up yearly

June 9, 2015 BY MATHEWS NDANYI More than 3,000 new cases of fistula are recorded among women in Kenya annually, an NGO has said. Women and Development Against Distress in Africa director Habiba Mohamed said only 500 of the patients access treatment. She said most of the patients in the rural areas cannot access treatment….


NTV Kenya: Fistula Awareness Campaign in Bungoma County

Our Action on Fistula partner Women and Development Against Distress in Africa (WADADIA) was recently featured in a news segment on NTV Kenya about its fistula awareness campaign in Bungoma County. The campaign was part of WADADIA’s activities for the UN International Day to End Obstetric Fistula on May 23. Action on Fistula is a…

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