Why We Work in Guinea
Guinea has the 13th highest maternal mortality rate in the world. Despite recent progress, widespread poverty, political unrest, and an influx of refugees from neighboring countries continue to hamper women’s access to quality health care. Much of the population remains wary of hospitals in the aftermath of the 2014 Ebola crisis.
Guinea also struggles with some of the highest incidences of early marriage and teenage pregnancy. This—combined with poor access to emergency obstetric services—puts Guinean mothers at a higher risk for obstructed labor and with it, childbirth injuries like obstetric fistula.
There are currently five hospitals in the country with the capability to treat fistula. Yet capacity at these hospitals remains severely limited due to a lack of trained surgeon and basic supplies, such as medication and surgical instruments.
Identifying women with untreated fistula, especially in remote regions, also remains a challenge. Often hiding themselves in shame, many are not aware that they are suffering from a known, treatable condition. Strong community outreach is vital to finding and treating women with fistula, and reaching the vast backlog of cases.
Meet Our Partners
We are currently partnering with Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA) and EngenderHealth to deliver fistula treatment to women in Guinea.
Women and Health Alliance International
In the wake of the Ebola crisis, WAHA International is providing much-needed fistula care, delivering reliable, high-quality services for fistula patients in the capital city of Conakry. They provide hundreds of life-changing repair surgeries each year. WAHA now supports 5 fistula care sites across Guinea.
EngenderHealth provides obstetric fistula programs at three hospitals in Guinea since 2006, treating women in the rural areas of Kissidougou, Labé and the capital city of Conakry with obstetric fistula repair services. Before Fistula Foundation began partnering with EngenderHealth, less than two-thirds of women seeking treatment were able to receive it.
WAHA – Ignace Deen and Djigui Espoir hospitals
- $121,850 in FY2017
- $149,600 in FY2016
- $211,250 in FY2014
- $379,700 in FY2013
EngenderHealth – Kissidougou, Labé, and Jean Paul II hospitals
- $134,464 in FY2019
- $150,000 in FY2018
- $31,000 in FY2015
- $150,000 in FY2014