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Supporter Spotlight – Michael Nedham

Mt. Kilimanjaro sits on the northern border of Tanzania, and at 19,341 feet, it is Africa’s tallest mountain. For trekkers headed to the top, there are many technical challenges to overcome. Michael Nedham was up to the task, and he used the opportunity to raise $1000 for Fistula Foundation and two other charities. “I was…

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CEO Goes Back to School

Thanks to the generosity of two long-term Fistula Foundation supporters, Lars and Veronica Bane, CEO Kate Grant participated in a weeklong program at Harvard Business School (HBS) designed for nonprofit leaders, called Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. The course was started over twenty years ago, and is led by Harvard faculty members Herman Leonard and…

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Action on Fistula Wins Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Each year at the Communiqué Awards, industry experts in the United Kingdom gather to celebrate the best of the best in healthcare communications. Professionals from advocacy, pharma, professional services and more come together to select their winners—and this year we were honored to be named among the showcased projects. On July 6th, Fistula Foundation’s collaboration…

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Supporter Spotlight: Dr. Holly Given

Dr. Holly Given first learned about the issues women face while living with fistula by reading Nicholas Kristof’s column in the New York Times, and became a supporter of Fistula Foundation’s work in 2014. Over the years, Holly kept a close watch on Fistula Foundation’s progress and was inspired to be creative with how she…

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Mother’s Day – You Did It!

We had our most successful Mother’s Day campaign yet, raising over $100,000 more than last year! This success was due in part to a matching gift challenge offered by a generous donor during the last few days of the campaign. This year, a generous donor stepped forward to offer a Mother’s Day match up to…

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Evangel Vesico-Vaginal Fistula Center: 25th Anniversary Celebration

With over 175 million people, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. Despite its wealth in culture and resources, Nigeria has high rates of maternal and infant mortality, and holds the highest burden of obstetric fistula in the world. Located in Jos, Nigeria, the Evangel Vesico-Vaginal Fistula Center (EVVF) is led by experienced Nigerian…

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Partner Spotlight: HEAL Africa

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been referred to as “the worst place in the world to be a woman.” Although the country is rich in natural resources, decades of instability and violence have left the majority of the population in poverty. The fertility rate is among the highest in the world, as are…

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Field Notes: On the road in Madagascar

By Bill Mann, Fistula Foundation Board Chair I’m going to introduce you to Vavizely in a second. I warn you, her story is fairly difficult to imagine and a little hard to take. I met Vavizely at Freedom from Fistula’s surgical center in Toamasina, Madagascar. Toamasina is a compact, neat, prosperous coastal town, the commercial…

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Partner Spotlight: CCBRT in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

While Tanzania has made significant progress in its health care development and improvement of maternal health, there is still a long way to go. In rural areas most women still give birth at home without the assistance of a skilled attendant. This, coupled with lack of access to emergency obstetric care, significantly increases a woman’s…

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Your Donations at Work: Uganda

Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services in Uganda (CoRSU) | Thanks to successful patient outreach efforts, our partners at CoRSU report that they were able to treat 136 women last year, surpassing their goal of providing free fistula repair surgeries to 100 women. In addition to outreach, their program includes follow-up visits at local screening sites closer to…

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Spotlight on Where You’re Helping: Madagascar

Despite being known for its rich biodiversity, Madagascar’s people face extreme poverty—three-quarters of the population live on less than $1.25 per day. Fertility rates are high, and child marriage is prevalent in poor, rural areas. Many women lack access to skilled health care providers during delivery, significantly increasing the risk of childbirth complications like fistula….

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Icon Supports Fistula Surgeries

Since November 2015, customers purchasing Icon pee-proof panties have supported fistula treatment. Icon panties are reusable, washable, and comfortable underwear designed to keep women of all ages dry and odor-free from light bladder leaks. Icon has allocated a percentage of its sales to Fistula Foundation, funding 71 free surgeries for women suffering from obstetric fistula…

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Your Donations at Work: Chad

Your donations have supported fistula treatment in Chad since 2011, through the work of our partner Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA). Over the last two years, WAHA reports that they were able to provide life-changing surgery to 310 women—many of whom (40 percent) were suffering from complex injuries requiring an advanced level of surgical…

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Your Donations at Work: DRC

Our partner HEAL Africa has been performing fistula repairs since 2003. Their main facility is in the large town of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but much of their recent work has focused on making fistula care more accessible to rural populations. Last year, a mobile surgical team traveled to Lisala, an…

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Surgeon Spotlight: Dr. Charlotte Kaliti

Gynocare has the distinction of becoming the first official fistula repair surgery training site in Kenya certified by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). Since 2014, six Kenyan doctors have completed FIGO training through an Action on Fistula scholarship and are now accredited as trained fistula surgeons. Dr. Charlotte Kaliti, a registered OB/GYN…

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You Did It!

Thanks to you, this hospital will be a reality. Thanks to so many generous donors who rose to the challenge in September, we met our goal of $250,000 to help build and support the new Hope Maternity and Fistula Center in Bangladesh. Once built, this 75-bed facility will allow our partner, Hope Hospital, to continue…

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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…

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Action on Fistula Surpasses Goals

Through a groundbreaking initiative in Kenya, more women have received life-changing treatment than we dreamed possible. On May 23, 2014, Fistula Foundation formally partnered with Astellas Pharma EMEA to launch Action on Fistula, a $2 million, three-year initiative designed to treat 1,200 women in Kenya suffering from obstetric fistula. To accomplish this, Fistula Foundation would…