Why We Work in Bangladesh
In southern Bangladesh, nine in ten women give birth at home without any support from trained medical professionals. Too often, this results in needless loss of life for the mother or baby, or in preventable injuries like obstetric fistula. While the country has enjoyed strong social progress for women in the last decade, including greater representation in the workforce and in the government, there is still much work to be done.
In late 2017, the Chittagong region at the southern border began to receive a huge influx of Rohingya refugees, fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar. With resources already taxed by widespread poverty in the region, local healthcare providers have struggled to keep up with the growing demand on their services. Now more than ever, support is vital for vulnerable women of all ethnicities in Bangladesh.
Meet Our Partners
We are currently partnering with HOPE Hospital to deliver fistula treatment to women in Bangladesh. Fistula Foundation has been proud to partner with HOPE since 2010.
The organization was founded in 1999 by Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, to serve the most vulnerable members of Bangladeshi society: poor mothers and children. HOPE is the only provider of fistula surgery in the coastal Chittagong region.