We believe no woman should endure a life of misery and isolation simply for trying to bring a child into this world.

Fistula Foundation is the global leader in fistula treatment, providing more surgeries to more women than any other organization, including the U.S. government and United Nations.

Our mission is to engage the support of people worldwide who are eager to see a day when no woman suffers from obstetric fistula. Raising funds from donors around the globe, we strategically direct these funds to doctors and hospitals providing life-transforming surgery to women in need.

Since 2009, we have supported treatment in 32 countries in Africa and Asia. Even with this growth, we remain humbled by the profound need for every dollar we raise. 

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Frequently Asks Questions

Are my donations to Fistula Foundation tax deductible?

Yes. Click here to view our official letter stating our tax-exempt status

Supporters in the UK and Australia can provide tax exempt gifts through the following Fistula Foundation’s The Life You Can Save web pages:

Supporters in Canada can make tax-exempt gifts through Fistula Foundation’s RC Forward web page.

What type of projects does Fistula Foundation fund?

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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How does Fistula Foundation make sure my donation is used as intended?

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 partner selection process

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.

Who We Are

Our teams in the U.S., Kenya, and Zambia are made up of dedicated professionals with diverse talents, experiences and educational credentials.

Our Accountability

We achieve more, dollar for dollar, than any charity you’ll find. But don’t just take our word for it. Take a look at our ratings from every industry watchdog group.

2018 Tax Return

2018 Annual Report

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