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Fistula Foundation

Thematic Focus Areas

Global Health
Women & Girls
Fistula Foundation is dedicated to treating women suffering from obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury that leaves a woman incontinent.
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Collage of photos of women and girls around the world
Addressing gender inequality isn’t something that can be handed down from the top — we must empower the people affected to create lasting change. Our charities know this. When they look at the issues facing women and girls, they understand the best way to solve this is to involve the entire community and give women what they need to enact their own version of change. Here are six women who, with the right tools, resources and support, overcame obstacles for themselves, their families and their communities. This is the kind of work that will change the world. The best way...

Charity Photos

  • Title: Dr. Aziz Abdullah
  • Charity: Fistula Foundation
  • Country: Pakistan
  • Photo Credit: Khaula Jamil

Dr. Aziz Abdullah performing fistula surgery at one of Fistula Foundation’s partner hospitals, Koohi Goth Women’s Hospital in Pakistan.

  • Title: Joyful Fistula Patients and the HEAL Africa Surgical Team
  • Charity: Fistula Foundation
  • Country: Congo (Democratic Republic of the)
  • Photo Credit: HEAL Africa

Fistula patients and the HEAL Africa surgical team gathered in front of the Lwiza Referral Hospital facility in DRC during a treatment camp.

  • Title: Rahel and Nurse Insitar Saleh
  • Charity: Fistula Foundation
  • Country: Tanzania, United Republic of
  • Photo Credit: Michael Goima

Rahel received compassionate care from the staff at CCBRT (Comprehensive Community Based Care in Tanzania), Fistula Foundation’s partner hospital.

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Charity Impact

Meet Agnes, a Fistula Survivor
Agnes is a 25-year-old mother of four from Bukaala, a rural village in Uganda. She and her family live far from emergency medical services, so when she went into a complicated labor, Agnes had very few options. Tragically, her child did not survive, and she began to leak urine. Agnes lived with obstetric fistula for three long years. Ashamed of her constant odor, she withdrew from her community early on. “I have always been so stressed in my heart,” Agnes said. “When I had that problem, I was not able to do anything or go anywhere. I was always hiding.” Thankfully, her suffering did not last forever. One day, Agnes was listening to the radio and heard that treatment was available at Kitovu Hospital, Fistula Foundation’s partner facility in Makasa, Uganda. “I got up immediately and came here [to] the hospital to be treated,” she said. After years of suffering,...