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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,…

Out of the Margins #2 – This doctor is unstoppable

Dr. Charlotte Kaliti is a force to be reckoned with. She is the first female surgeon to complete Fistula Foundation’s rigorous training program in Kenya—and she’s just getting started. Dr. Kaliti commands the room as she sits at the head of a conference table in Nairobi. She looks impeccable—even though she entered only moments before…

Last Hope: The Doctor Who Fixes ‘Inoperable’ Fistulas in Nigeria

Dr. Sunday Lengmang is considered one of the world’s leading fistula surgeons. He is the only doctor in Nigeria that performs urinary diversions—surgeries for women whose fistulas are so severe, they would otherwise be considered “incurable.” Fistula Foundation is proud to support Dr. Lengmang’s work at Evangel Vesico-Vaginal Fistula Center in Jos, Nigeria—the nation bearing…

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…

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…

Front Lines: Two Surgeons on Fistula Surgery [2:15]

Drs. Mulu Muleta and Ambaye Wolde Michael are dedicated fistula surgeons we are proud to partner with through Women and Health Alliance International. In their own words, hear them describe what it’s like to work in this field, and what drives them to help deliver care to women who are suffering.   You can help:…

Partner Surgeon Dr. Denis Mukwege Named a Time 100 Honoree

In April, Dr. Denis Mukwege was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, honored for his work with survivors of wartime rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The article, written by Dr. Jill Biden—wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and a lifelong educator—describes him thus: “With a towering presence, a…

Surgeon Spotlight: Itengré Ouédraogo

Born in Burkina Faso and educated in Cuba, Dr. Itengré Ouédraogo trained as a general surgeon before returning to West Africa. It was while working with a United Nations health initiative in rural Gouré, Niger, that he had his first direct contact with fistula patients. Being from sub-Saharan Africa, he was familiar with the kinds…

Global Moms Challenge

Giving Healing and Hope to Mothers Outcast from their Communities

Our partner, Fistula Foundation, recently interviewed Dr. Hillary Mabeya, a surgeon in Kenya who specializes in repairing obstetric fistula. A fistula is an injury occurring during childbirth and results in leakage of urine and waste. It’s both a physically and emotionally traumatic condition. Dr. Mabeya began a fistula hospital in Eldorest, a town in Western…

Girls' Globe

Overcoming Treatment Obstacles in Nigeria

Earlier this month, the UN released its final report on the Millennium Development Goals. Progress in MDG 5, improving maternal health, ultimately lagged behind the others.  Far too many women in the 21st century are still dying during childbirth, and not enough are delivering in the presence of a skilled birth attendant. For every woman…

Malawi Surgeons Meeting

Regional Strategy Meeting of Surgeons Convened in Malawi

Building on the success we’ve seen in assembling partners in Kenya and Nepal, we recently convened a meeting of surgeons in Malawi as a first step towards establishing a treatment network in southern Africa. The meeting was attended by our CEO Kate Grant, Medical Director Dr. Steve Arrowsmith, and Program Director Lindsey Pollaczek, as well…

Surgeon Spotlight: Dr. Farzana Wali Jebran

Dr. Farzana Wali Jebran is a fistula surgeon at CURE International Hospital of Kabul and director of its OBGYN fellowship training program. The youngest of seven children, Dr. Jebran’s parents strongly emphasized the importance of education as they grew up in Afghanistan. When she completed secondary school, Dr. Jebran made the decision to attend medical…

Dr. Mulu Muleta Receives France’s Highest Distinction

Fistula Foundation partner surgeon, Dr. Mulu Muleta has been awarded the Knight medal of the Order of the Légion d’Honneur, the highest decoration in France, for her commitment towards the health of women in impoverished areas of Africa. Dr. Muleta has spent nearly 20 years as a fistula surgeon and currently lives in Ethiopia, where she provides fistula surgeries, surgeon…

Foundation Partner Awarded the Sakharov Prize

We’ve been honored to fund fistula treatment at Panzi Hospital for years, but we’ve never been more proud of our friend and partner, Denis Mukwege. His tireless efforts to treat thousands of victims of sexual violence were recognized this week with the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the highest human rights honor awarded by…