Why We Work in Ethiopia
Today Ethiopia has the third-fastest growing economy of any country of 10 million or more people, behind India and Myanmar. Despite this promising outlook, intractable poverty continues to plague the country’s rural areas where 80% of the population resides. Ongoing ethnic conflict has displaced millions of Ethiopians. In 2018 alone, 2.9 million people were forced from their homes.
This instability has had a significant impact on Ethiopia’s women, particularly those living in rural areas, where fertility and maternal mortality rates are among the world’s highest. All the risk factors for fistula are present, including the practice of early marriage, teenage pregnancy, and a scarcity of maternal health services. Less than 30% of births are attended by a skilled medical professional.
A USAID study found that an estimated 36,000 to 39,000 women in Ethiopia live with obstetric fistula, and over 3,000 additional new cases occur each year.
Meet Our Partners
We identify local surgical teams in Ethiopia already successfully treating women with fistula—and then work to amplify their efforts.
- Location: Aira
- Partner In: 2010 – 2016
- Location: Addis Ababa
- Partner In: 2008 – 2016
- Location: Jimma, Gondar, and Assella
- Partner In: 2011 – 2015
Below are funding totals since the start of each partnership.
- Healing Hands of Joy: $77,866
- Village Health Partnership: $12,000
- Aira Hospital: $110,225
- Hamlin Fistula Hospital: $6,662,994
- Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA International): $616,041