After ongoing political instability, Guinea-Bissau suffers from a poorly developed healthcare system that cannot address the backlog of women with fistula.

Why We Work in Guinea-Bissau

Fistula Foundation is not currently working in Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau is a small Portuguese-speaking country in West Africa that is home to nearly two million people. It has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world and too many births are still done without a skilled health provider. The country underwent a civil war in the late 1990s and continues to suffer from periodic political instability.

As a result, healthcare has not been a significant priority and health expenditure per capita has decreased in recent years. These factors contribute to poor maternal healthcare indicators in Guinea-Bissau and reflect a large number of women living with obstetric fistula who have no access to repair surgery.

What You Help Us Do

We made the following investments to build Guinea-Bissau’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 (WAHA) in Guinea-Bissau. We are currently not funding any projects in the country.

What projects did we fund in the past?

Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA)

Established by the National Health Ministry and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the National Fistula Center in Bissau was the only hospital in Guinea-Bissau providing routine obstetric fistula care services when this project began. Prior to our funding through WAHA, the hospital was open but operating well below capacity due to lack of resources and training.

During the grant period, 91 surgeries were performed and the entire fistula care team was trained based on the standardized curriculum developed by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). Referral links with local women’s groups were strengthened in order to provide more support to patients before and after surgery.

How much funding have we granted?

National Fistula Center, Bissau

  • $50,000 in FY2011

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