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Dr. Thomas Raassen Visits Somaliland

Expert visiting surgeon delivers transformative care For more than three decades, fistula surgeon Dr. Thomas Raassen has been traveling the globe, changing the lives of suffering women. He has very likely performed fistula surgeries in more countries than any other surgeon in the world. Originally from Amsterdam, Dr. Raassen lived in Kenya for many years,…

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Campaign: We Need Your Help

Women will go without surgery if we do not raise over $3 million before December 31st Did you know that the last two months of this year will determine how many women will receive treatment in 2019? Nearly half of our annual revenue comes in during the final quarter of the calendar year, and thousands…

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Campaign for Afghanistan – You Did It!

You helped raise over $200,000 for women in need You are changing lives! Thanks to over 300 kindhearted supporters like you, we fulfilled our $200,000 pledge to support vital fistula care in Afghanistan. Because of your compassion, CURE International’s dynamic, all-female fistula team can continue their critical work, filling an acute need for more female…

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Fistula Experts Gather in Bangladesh

In mid-February, fistula surgeons, policy makers, researchers, and advocates gathered from around the world in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh to attend the 2nd HOPE Maternal Health & Fistula Conference. The event was hosted by Dr. Iftikher Mahmood and HOPE Hospital, Fistula Foundation’s trusted partner in Bangladesh. Over the course of the two-day conference, attendees heard from…

Rohingya fistula survivor Setara Begum, with midwife Beauty Sharma of HOPE Hospital

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HOPE Amidst a Refugee Crisis

HOPE Hospital, Fistula Foundation’s partner in Bangladesh, has been on the front lines of the Rohingya refugee crisis. Amidst the sprawling refugee camps, HOPE has begun to identify fistula patients. They are working tirelessly to bring aid in a dire situation. 22 year-old Setara Begum told her harrowing story as a Rohingya refugee. When her…

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Your Donations at Work – Afghanistan

Delivering a baby in Afghanistan can be a life or death event. Every thirty minutes, another Afghan woman dies during childbirth—the country holds one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. For every woman who dies, it is estimated that 20 more survive with significant childbirth injuries, including obstetric fistula. There is also…

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Fistula Foundation in The New York Times

In recent months, Fistula Foundation has had several mentions in the New York Times! As a part of a special series for New York Times subscribers, Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof published a comprehensive guide on “How to Make the World a Better Place.” In a section dedicated to women and girls, Kristof highlighted Fistula…

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Each Week, a Life Changed

Not many people can say that they change a life on a weekly basis. We know one person who can: new donor Dr. Albert Malvino. He has committed to funding one life-changing fistula surgery every week through our Love A Sister program. More than 10 women have already been healed because of his generosity. “Fistula…

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Konnichiwa, Japan! CEO presents alongside UNFPA at Tokyo conference

On December 12th, Fistula Foundation CEO Kate Grant participated in an event organized by Astellas Pharma EMEA, in advance of the Universal Health Coverage Forum in Tokyo, Japan. The event grew out of Universal Health Coverage day, and aims to rally the world’s nations to prioritize health care for all. UNFPA, the World Health Organization…

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Congratulations, Kelly Brennan!

Fistula Foundation is delighted to announce the new Vice Chair of our board of directors: Kelly Brennan, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. She is a longtime supporter of the organization, and has served on the board for two years. Kelly first heard about the scourge of obstetric fistula when she attended a talk by Nicholas…

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February is a Month of Love

…but monthly donors spread it year-round! At Fistula Foundation, we believe that spreading love and hope should be a year-round activity. That’s why we are so proud of our monthly donor community. Over 1,000 of these passionate individuals are working to end the suffering caused by obstetric fistula. Washington physician John Moran is a proud…

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Next Stop, Zambia!

After encouraging success in Kenya since 2014, Fistula Foundation is thrilled to expand its countrywide treatment model into a second country–Zambia. We are already seeing early success, with four new hospitals participating in the network. Two Zambian doctors traveled to Kenya for intensive training in fistula surgery under expert surgeon Dr. Hillary Mabeya, and returned…

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We Can’t Thank You Enough!

Over 6,600 women treated in 2017, because of you! 2017 was a year of remarkable growth and advancement, and I am energized by all the work you made possible across Africa and Asia. Together, we raised over $8.5 million to support ongoing work in the field, and I am thrilled to report that over 6,600…

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Fistula Foundation Makes Consumer Reports Best Charity List

On December 9th, Consumer Reports published a list of best charities, including Fistula Foundation! The article recommended 50 highly-rated organizations for the holiday giving season, and Fistula Foundation was listed as one of only five international groups. Accountability, efficiency, and impact are central to our identity at Fistula Foundation. Our team is dedicated to keeping…

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Campaign 2018: Your Help is Vital

We need to raise over $3 million before December 31 to treat women still waiting in 13 countries Our partners in the field have been hard at work this year providing life-changing fistula treatment across Africa and Asia, and we are hopeful as we look ahead to 2018. But we need your help. We need…

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Your Donations at Work – Dr. Walhad’s Letter to You

The National Borama Fistula Hospital team in Somaliland was overjoyed this August—they received a large shipment of new equipment, made possible by Fistula Foundation supporters like you!  The equipment will be put to good use at the hospital, which is the only facility in Somaliland dedicated entirely to fistula treatment. Since our partnership began in…

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HEAL Africa – You Did It!

Thanks to the generosity of 592 compassionate supporters like you, we met our goal of $250,000 to build a new fistula care center for HEAL Africa hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We even crossed the finish line four days ahead of schedule! The new facility will expand capacity for fistula treatment and increase…

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Partner Spotlight – WADADIA

Supporters like you have changed thousands of lives through our Action on Fistula program in Kenya. Community outreach is critical to the project’s overall success. In fact, over 80 percent of patients are referred to Action on Fistula directly through outreach efforts. That’s why we are overflowing with gratitude for our outreach partners at WADADIA…