Why We Work in Angola
Angola was devastated by a decades-long civil war that ended in 2002. The country’s peace contributed to its own “baby boom,” but Angola’s health infrastructure has not been able to keep up with the needs of its burgeoning population. Despite the country’s wealth in natural resources, health indicators are grim: Angola has one of the world’s highest fertility rates and lowest life expectancy.
While the country has been striving to reduce maternal mortality, it still lacks adequate maternal health services and emergency obstetric care for women. Today less than half of women give birth with a skilled medical professional present, putting women at significant risk for childbirth injury such as obstetric fistula should complications arise.
Meet Our Partners
We identify local surgical teams in Angola already successfully treating women with fistula—and then work to amplify their efforts.
Centro Evangelico de Medicina de Lubango (CEML)
- Location: Lubango
- Partner Since: 2009
Unidade Fistula Obstetrica (UFO)
- Location: Cuito, Huambo, Luanda, and Luena
- Partner Since: 2013
- Location: Kalukembe
- Partner Since: 2016
Below are funding totals since the start of each partnership.
- Centro Evangelico de Medicina de Lubango (CEML): $1,894,640
- Unidade Fistula Obstetrica (UFO): $1,156,604
- Kalukembe Hospital: $219,450