Mission: 

Fistula Foundation is dedicated to ending the suffering caused by the childbirth injury of obstetric fistula. It believes that no woman should  suffer a life of shame and isolation for trying to bring a child into the world.


Extract: 

Obstetric fistula is a devastating injury caused by difficult childbirth that renders a woman incontinent and can only be cured with surgery. It affects the poorest women in the poorest parts of the developing world. Sufferers often find it difficult to reintegrate into their communities, facing ostracism even by their families. Fistula Foundation has funded more than 19,300 surgeries in the last six years – more than any other organization in the world that does not receive government money. 


Founded: 2000

www.fistulafoundation.org

Impact Area: Healthcare

Where they work:

Africa: 

Angola | Benin | Burundi | Cameroon | Chad | DR Congo | Ethiopia | Guinea | Guinea | Bissau | Kenya | Liberia | Madagascar | Malawi | Mauritania | Mozambique | Niger | Nigeria | Rwanda | Senegal | Somalia | Somaliland | South Sudan | Sudan | Tanzania | Uganda | Zambia | Zimbabwe

Asia: 

Afghanistan | Bangladesh | Nepal | Pakistan


Action

Fistulata Foundation provides free and safe obstetric fistula repair surgery. 

The foundation provides partners in the field with the human and financial resources to treat as many women as possible. It works closely with hospitals and doctors in-country to support targeted solutions that meet local needs. 

Fistula Foundation also increases access to treatment by funding training for local health workers, nurses and fistula surgeons. It runs surgical training courses in partnership with the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Impact

Fistula Foundation moves donor dollars quickly and cost-effectively to partners, meaning that money goes directly to help women in need. More than 85% of the organization’s financial expenditure goes directly to programme costs and support.

The Foundation issues grants on an invitation-only basis to ensure that funding goes to treatment at facilities that are known, trusted and have access to qualified fistula surgeons. Its partners are carefully vetted and every site that it funds is coordinated and staffed by local nurses, doctors and care workers who understand the community and how to provide the best care possible to the women they treat. 

 

What is obstetric fistula?

An obstetric fistula is a hole between the vagina and rectum or bladder that is caused by prolonged obstructed labor, leaving a woman incontinent of urine or feces or both.

For women with obstructed labor or labor that goes unattended, the labor can last up to six or seven days. The labor produces contractions that push the baby’s head against the mother’s pelvic bone. The soft tissues between the baby’s head and the pelvic bone are compressed and do not receive adequate blood flow, causing this delicate tissue to die. Where it dies, holes are created between the laboring mother’s bladder and vagina and/or between the rectum and vagina. This is what produces incontinence in a fistula patient.


Why recommended? 

Fistula Foundation is recommended by The Life You Can Save. 

Cost-effectiveness

A life-changing fistula surgery costs roughly $586. This is less than the cost of one night’s stay in most US hospitals and far less than the disability adjusted life year (DALY) cost for many other poverty interventions.

High success rate

Reports from recipients of Fistula Foundation’s funds, backed  by meta-analyses, point to a success rate of around 86%.

Careful vetting

The Foundation issues grants on an invitation-only basis to ensure that funding goes to treatment at facilities that are known, trusted and have access to qualified fistula surgeons. Its partners are carefully vetted and every site that it funds is coordinated and staffed by local nurses, doctors and care workers who understand the community and how to provide the best care possible to the women they treat. 

Grant recipients must provide regular, detailed reports, and field visits ensure that money is well spent.