With an overburdened healthcare system and high rates of teenage pregnancy, Cameroon faces major challenges providing adequate fistula repair services.

Why We Work in Cameroon

Fistula Foundation is not currently working in Cameroon.

Situated along the Gulf of Guinea, Cameroon has one of the world’s highest maternal mortality rates — about 690 deaths per 100,000 live births. While this is partly due to the overburdened and understaffed health care system in the country, it is also a product of the high incidence of teenage mothers.

Only about half of the population has access to electricity and many people live in rural areas far from the nearest medical center. With an acute shortage of trained fistula surgeons and equipped operating theaters, Cameroon faces major challenges to providing adequate fistula repair services.

What You Help Us Do

We made the following investments to build Cameroon’s in-country medical services and provide life-transforming surgery to as many women as possible:

Meet Our Partners

Fistula Foundation has previously worked with Women and Health Alliance International and Islamic Hospital of Ngaoundéré in Cameroon. We are currently not funding any projects in the country.

What projects did we fund in the past?

Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA)

The University Teaching Hospital in Yaoundé is one of the country’s few fistula care centers. This project was the result of a 2-year study conducted to assess the need for fistula treatment in Cameroon. The study revealed that over half of all fistula patients treated had lived with the condition for five or more years before receiving treatment. This reflected a severe lack of public awareness about fistula and the availability of repair services in the country.

With funding from Fistula Foundation, the hospital’s fistula operating theater was renovated, additional surgeons and nurses were trained, and 300 women received free fistula repair surgeries. With the boost in capacity and infrastructure, the hospital is now able to provide higher quality fistula services to the women of Cameroon on a routine basis.

How much funding have we granted?

WAHA – University Teaching Hospital

  • $57,000 in FY2010

Islamic Hospital of Ngaoundéré

  • $25,000 in FY2015

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