Frequently Asks Questions
Wherever possible, we work to empower dedicated local doctors in developing countries. In addition to paying for the direct cost of surgeries, we fund activities that remove critical bottlenecks to treatment. These include the training of surgeons, the building of hospitals and operating rooms dedicated to fistula surgery, community outreach to let women know where they can get treated, and “mobile” fistula clinics to provide treatment in rural areas where no hospitals exist.
We also fund solutions targeted to the specific needs of a partner. For example, in Senegal, we funded a fleet of motorcycle ambulances to transport patients to care facilities over difficult terrain, while in Uganda, we funded the construction of a water tank to secure a source of clean water for surgery and recovery.
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We are committed to getting as much money as possible to our trusted partners in the field, because that’s where women’s lives are changed.
To ensure funding goes to the most respected local doctors and hospitals in Africa and Asia, Fistula Foundation issues grants on an invitation-only basis. Learn about our
Surgeons and hospitals that receive funding from Fistula Foundation are required to provide quarterly progress reports detailing their project activities and costs, surgical outcomes, and any challenges encountered. Fistula Foundation only releases funds once a partner’s report has been reviewed by our Medical Advisor and Program Development staff.