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Your Donations at Work: Guinea

Guinea: WAHA confronted similar Ebola-related challenges in Guinea, using patient outreach as a way to address fears about accessing health services following the epidemic. Their holistic approach to treating patients includes pre- and postoperative care, rehabilitation, nutritional support, and psychosocial services, ensuring that women receive the best possible care. Since 2015, your donations have funded…

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2016 Allan Rosenfield Award

In July, Fistula Foundation proudly presented the Allan Rosenfield Award to Conrad Person, Director of Corporate Contributions for Johnson & Johnson. The annual award recognizes outstanding contributions of those who have left a deep and accomplished legacy for Fistula Foundation and our mission. For more than a decade, Fistula Foundation has been a proud partner…

Your Donations at Work: Liberia

Liberia: During the 2014 Ebola outbreak, Liberia was one of the hardest-hit countries in West Africa, with the highest number of Ebola deaths. According to the World Health Organization, Liberia reported 300 to 400 new cases every week in August and September 2014, a devastating pace for the country’s already weak health system. Working in…

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Wood Foundation Donates $1M to Fistula Foundation

In September 2016, The Paul and Pamela Wood Foundation donated $1 million – one of the largest gifts in Fistula Foundation history. This generous gift will help fund construction of two new hospitals and establishes Fistula Foundation’s first-ever endowment, providing a lasting source of funds for treating women with fistula, now and for years to…

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CEO Kate Grant Speaks at Oxford University

From August 28-30, effective altruists from around the world gathered at EA Global 2015, a series of Effective Altruism conferences that took place in three cities worldwide – Oxford, England, Melbourne, Australia, and at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. The conferences featured a variety of notable speakers, including Tesla founder Elon Musk, as well…

Fistula Foundation: Your Donations at Work - Angola

Your Donations at Work: Angola

In 2013, Fistula Foundation began working with a new partner in Damba, Angola, known as Unidade Fístula Obstétrica (UFO). UFO is the only fistula treatment center in northern Angola, a country known for its poor health care infrastructure and the highest rate of child mortality in the world. In the first half of this project…

Fistula Foundation Supporter Spotlight - Adele Ohs 2

Supporter Spotlight
Adele Ohs

Several years ago, a friend encouraged Adele Ohs to watch a documentary film about obstetric fistula. She was profoundly moved by the film and immediately found Fistula Foundation online and made a small contribution. That same year, Adele’s husband had the opportunity to visit the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital during a trip to Ethiopia, and…

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,…

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Peter Singer and Paul Simon Team Up to Fight Fistula

The legendary Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter, Paul Simon, performed an intimate concert benefiting Fistula Foundation. The October 1st event, held in New York City, at the home of Katja Goldman and Michael Sonnenfeldt, raised over $150,000 to fund fistula surgery for women in need. The event came about because of a friendship formed nearly a decade…

Your Donations at Work - Zimbabwe

Your Donations at Work: Zimbabwe

Following a pilot project in 2013, we were able to establish routine fistula care services in Zimbabwe in conjunction with our long-term partner, Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA). Over the last year, 198 women received free, life-transforming repair surgeries at Parirenyatwa Hospital and Harare Central Hospital thanks to your support. These women also received…

Fistula Foundation: One Womans Story - Binta

One Woman’s Story: Binta from Guinea

Binta is 35 years old and from Fidi, a landlocked village in northwestern Guinea. At 14 years old she was forced to marry a much older man, and soon became pregnant. After five days of painful labor, she lost her baby. A few days later, she realized that she was not able to control her…

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….

Kathmandu Model Hospital Success

Kathmandu Model Hospital Reconstruction a Success!

In the days following the devastating April earthquake in Nepal, you helped us raise an incredible $150,000 in 24 hours to repair extensive damage to an operating room at our partner site, Kathmandu Model Hospital. We are happy to report that thanks to so many of you, and to the support of Frank Richardson –…