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Paving the Road to Postpartum Recovery

By Kate Grant CEO, Fistula Foundation Days after delivering a stillborn child, Umuhoza had grown terribly ill, She was running a fever, barely able to walk and incontinent. Her mother grew increasingly concerned and knew she had to get Umuhoza to a hospital, even though it was hours from their rural village in northwest Rwanda….

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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…

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Your Donations At Work: Rwanda/Somaliland

This August, Fistula Foundation partner surgeon Dr. Lauri Romanzi led a collaborative fistula training exercise for surgeon trainees from Rwanda and Somaliland. Carried out at Edna Adan University Hospital and National Boroma Fistula Hospital in Somaliland, the training was a great success. 56 surgeries were completed and Dr. Romanzi reported that the six trainees in…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Your Donations at Work: Laure Fistula Center, Nigeria

Laure Fistula Center was established in 1987 and performs over 500 fistula repair surgeries a year, including many referrals from throughout Nigeria as well as neighboring countries. They were recently accredited by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) as an official fistula surgery training site; however, much of their equipment had been in…

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

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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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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…

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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…

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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…