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Evangel VVF Center, Jos, Nigeria

Where We’re Helping: Evangel VVF Center: Jos, Nigeria

For decades, Nigeria has been the most populous country in Africa. Today there are approximately 177 million people living there. Nigeria also has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, with as many as 630 out of 100,000 births ending in death for the mother. It is against this backdrop of need…

Long Term Foundation Partner Honored by Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton

In a February 26 ceremony held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Panzi Hospital Founder, Dr. Denis Mukwege, was honored with the Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Advancing Women in Peace and Security. The award was created by Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security, led by executive director and Georgetown alumna Melanne Verveer, who…

Your Donations at Work: Democratic Republic of Congo

Long-term Foundation partner Panzi Hospital reported that 114 women received fistula repair surgery thanks to Fistula Foundation funding in 2013. Funds were also used to provide surgical training, and the hospital reports that five new doctors have conducted simple fistula reparations at the facility. Funds were also used to provide counseling and social reintegration to…

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Understanding Obstetric Fistula

Many people understand that obstetric fistula is a childbirth injury caused by prolonged and unrelieved obstructed labor, that when left untreated leaves women incontinent. But, there is often confusion about what exactly produces an obstetric fistula. Contrary to a common misconception, the injury is not due to ripping and tearing of tissue, rather it is…

Your Donations at Work: Guinea

In Guinea’s capital city of Conakry, Fistula Foundation partner Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA) has been working at the Ignace Deen Hospital to provide ongoing quality obstetric fistula care. Despite political instability over the course of this project, 175 fistula repair operations were performed during the one-year grant period funded by the Foundation. In addition to surgeries, funds were also…

Your Donations at Work: Afghanistan

Nine surgeons have been trained at CURE International Hospital in Kabul through the facility’s OB/GYN fellowship, thanks to funding from Fistula Foundation. This fellowship is working to expand access to competent vaginal delivery and C-sections, helping to prevent obstetric fistula. In addition, Foundation funds are also being used to provide physical therapy, psychological support, transportation, meals…

Supporter Spotlight
Supporter Spotlight: Carolyn Cooper

Several years ago, Carolyn Cooper was introduced to Fistula Foundation’s work through a video. She found herself drawn to the cause on an emotional level. “The bond you have with other women through childbirth is very powerful,” she shared. Having also read Nicholas Kristof’s columns in the New York Times featuring women struggling to overcome the stigma of obstetric fistula, she was moved…

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton Hosts Reunion of Delegation to Landmark U.N. Women’s Conference

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton hosted a reunion at Georgetown University of the United States Delegation to the 1995 UN Women’s Conference; Secretary Clinton was the Chair of the delegation. Fistula Foundation CEO, Kate Grant, who was member of the delegation, attended the event, held February 26th. The conference was the last United Nations Meeting dedicated to developing a…

Care providers gather in the lobby of the Center for Reproductive Health and Fistula Repair in N'Djamena, Chad

Expanding Access to Quality Treatment for Women in Chad

Women suffering from fistula in Chad will have access to a regional medical center which specializes in treating women with fistula, thanks to one woman’s very generous gift to The Fistula Foundation. Her donation will help The Center for Reproductive Health and Fistula Repair become a center of excellence with the capacity to treat even more women suffering from obstetric fistula. The…

Fistula and pelvic floor disorders team at CURE International Hospital in Kabul.

Your Donations at Work: Expert Surgeon Visits Afghanistan

Over the last year, Fistula Foundation’s support of an OBGYN fellowship at the CURE International Hospital in Kabul graduated two doctors in the past six months and continued the advanced training of four GYN surgeons and five female doctors. They report treating over 80 women and are well on their way to reaching their goal…

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Dr. Sohier Elneil Named as New Foundation Board Chair

As the final board meeting of 2013 came to a close last month, Fistula Foundation thanked Board Chair Kassahun Kebede for his eight years of leadership, and welcomed Dr. Sohier Elneil into the Board Chair role. Dr. Elneil has big shoes to fill, but her extensive medical background, global reputation as a leader in the…

Country Spotlight: Angola

The Centro Evangelico de Medico do Lubango (CEML) is a general hospital that serves the large region of southern Angola; patients come from 250 km away and even from neighboring Namibia to receive treatment. Angola has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world with 1 in 29 women dying in childbirth and…

We're Top-Rated on GreatNonprofits!

We’re Top-Rated on GreatNonprofits!

Thanks to your thoughtful five-star reviews, Fistula Foundation is now a Top-Rated Charity on GreatNonprofits! “I have been a donor for several years to this most worthy foundation. I know without a doubt that I am help ing change women’s lives when I contribute. This organization is highly rated and I know that my dollars…

Your Donations at Work: Expert Surgeon Visits Somaliland

Donations to Fistula Foundation supported a visit by fistula and pelvic floor surgeon Dr. Lauri Romanzi to the Edna Adan University Hospital in Hargeisa and the Boroma National Fistula Hospital in Boroma. During her visit, 49 women at the two hospitals were treated for obstetric fistula and other incontinence problems. Support was also provided for…

Charity Navigator

8 Years in a Row: 4 Stars from Charity Navigator

Fistula Foundation Recognized in Top 1% For the eighth consecutive year in a row, Fistula Foundation is proud to receive a four star rating – the highest available – from Charity Navigator, the United States’ premiere charity evaluator. This ranking puts Fistula Foundation in thetop 1% of all charities rated. Last year Charity Navigator received…

Lincoln School in Costa Rica

Supporter Spotlight
Costa Rica: 8th Graders Commit to Treating Fistula

Over the last two years, students in the 8th grade class at Lincoln School in Costa Rica have raised nearly $10,000 toward Fistula Foundation’s efforts to treat women who are suffering from obstetric fistula. Inspired by a teacher who has a passion for current affairs, the students have been committed to helping heal women with…

Supporter Spotlight
Mothers’ Day Movement

    The Mothers’ Day Movement began with a small group of women who were inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. After learning how much was spent annually in the United States on Mother’s Day celebrations for items like flowers, cards…