Tag Archives: FIGO

54 Surgeons Trained Through FIGO Partnership

Trained fistula surgeons are in short supply, which means capacity to treat the growing backlog of fistula patients is limited. To meet this need, we support a comprehensive fistula surgeon training program, directed by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). Since 2012, we have supported ongoing training for 54 surgical fellows who live…

Front Lines: Two Surgeons on Fistula Surgery [2:15]

Drs. Mulu Muleta and Ambaye Wolde Michael are dedicated fistula surgeons we are proud to partner with through Women and Health Alliance International. In their own words, hear them describe what it’s like to work in this field, and what drives them to help deliver care to women who are suffering.   You can help:…

Fistula Surgeons Pose for a Photo During the Meeting

FIGO’s Pathbreaking Program Holds Surgeon Meeting in Ethiopia

We are proud to partner with the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) on a training program for new fistula surgeons. This September, FIGO hosted a meeting largely for initial Fellows in the training program to discuss ongoing needs and challenges. Fistula Foundation Board Chair, Dr. Sohier Elneil, and Medical Director, Dr. Steven Arrowsmith,…

Surgeon Spotlight Dr. Liko-min

Surgeon Spotlight: Action on Fistula Surgeon Trainee Dr. Joseph Liko

Dr. Joseph Liko is an OB/GYN at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kenya. Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital is the second largest referral hospital in the country and serves a population of nearly 16 million people, mainly from three provinces in western Kenya as well as some parts of eastern Uganda and northern Tanzania….

Action on Fistula

Over 550 Women’s Lives Transformed to date With Action on Fistula

CHERTSEY, England, August 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ Groundbreaking campaign ends one woman‘s 51 year wait for surgical treatment Females aged from seven to 90 years old treated for devastating childbirth injury Programme aims to treat 1,200 women and double number of trained surgeons in Kenya by 2017 Astellas today announces that, just over a year on…

An Investment in Success

This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post. By Kate Grant CEO, Fistula Foundation In the summer of 2013, Dr. Ganesh Dangal boarded a plane from his home in Kathmandu, Nepal, to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. It was a trip that would set his professional life on a new and exciting path: he…

FIGO Surgeon Training at Gynocare

In October 2014, our Medical & Programs Director, Dr. Steve Arrowsmith, and Communications Associate, Ashley Burke, traveled to East Africa to represent Fistula Foundation at the 2014 ISOFS conference. While in the region, they also had the opportunity to visit several of our partner sites in Uganda, Kenya & Rwanda. Here is a highlight from…

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…

FIGO Hosts Fistula Stakeholder Meeting in Tanzania

On June 25, 2014, FIGO convened a meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to review the progress of its fistula surgery training program. The program is based on the ‘Global Competency- Based Fistula Surgery Training Manual’ which was developed by FIGO and launched in 2011. The manual was established as a standardized training curriculum and…

CCBRT Accredited by FIGO as Official Training Site

Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) is the largest indigenous provider of disability and rehabilitation services in the country and the Foundation’s biggest partner in Tanzania. Thanks in part to CCBRT’s partnership with Fistula Foundation, they are now able to perform over 700 fistula surgeries a year! CCBRT recently received accreditation as an official…

Action on Fistula Update

Gynocare Certified as first FIGO Training Center in Kenya Action on Fistula is a three-year, $2 million effort to treat women in Kenya who are suffering from obstetric fistula. Funded through a generous donation by Astellas Pharma EMEA, Action on Fistula will provide free surgeries to 1,200 women, provide training to expand the pool of…


Eldoret centre accredited by global obstetric fistula agency

BY KENNEDY LESIEW This article was also published on AllAfrica and KenyaNews247. Gynocare Fistula Center Foundation is the first institution in Kenya to be accredited as fistula training centre by the International Federation for Gynecology and Obstetrics. Programme director Lindsey Pollaczek said the foundation will spend Sh175 million in the next three years on the Action…

Extra funding to fight fistula in Kenya

This post appeared on the website of FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) on June 21, 2014. US-based charity The Fistula Foundation has received a $2 million grant to support its Action on Fistula scheme in Kenya. Voice of America reports that the grant represents the largest single chunk of funding ever received by the organisation,…

Huffington Post Global Motherhood

Freeing Women From Isolation Through One Simple Procedure

This piece was featured in Huffington Post’s Global Motherhood blog on May 23rd, the UN International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Written by fistula surgeon Dr. Mohammed Alhaji Gana from Nigeria, it focuses on the importance of training new surgeons in the global effort to end fistula for women who are suffering. Fistula Foundation is…

Fistula Foundation News

Training the Trainers: Standardizing Fistula Surgery Training Worldwide

The biggest single obstacle to increasing treatment for the number of women with fistula is the lack of appropriately trained fistula surgeons. That’s why Fistula Foundation partner FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) created the first-ever Global Competency-Based Training Manual, a groundbreaking tool released last year that many believe will change the landscape of…