Kenya

Fistula Foundation's pioneering, countrywide treatment network in Kenya is connecting more women than ever before with life-transforming surgery.

Why We Work in Kenya

Despite significant development progress in recent decades, maternal health indicators in Kenya remain at disappointing levels. This is particularly true in the many rural parts of Kenya, where the majority of women deliver at home without a skilled birth attendant and far from any emergency obstetric care facilities. This has led to a high rate of obstetric fistula in rural Kenya. 

Before 2014, only about 1,000 fistula surgeries were performed each year in Kenya. An estimated 3,000 new cases occur annually—which meant that an enormous number of Kenyan women were going untreated. 

What You Help Us Do

In 2014, Fistula Foundation launched a collaborative network of hospitals to provide year-round fistula care to women in Kenya. We believe this network-of-care model represents the path forward to ending fistula within a generation. Learn more about our plan to end fistula

Since its launch, our Kenya program has achieved tremendous results: 

  • 6,223 fistula surgeries provided 
  • 11 surgeons and 19 nurses trained in fistula management
  • 4,299 health service providers sensitized
  • 424 community health volunteers trained  
  • Over 20,050 community outreach activities  conducted
  • 22 support groups formed serving 426 fistula survivors in reintegration and economic empowerment programs
  • Over 2 million community members reached through direct outreach activities, radio programs and advertisements

Meet Our Partners

We identify local surgical teams in Kenya already successfully treating women with fistula—and then work to amplify their efforts.

Who are our current partners?

Bomu Hospital

  • Location: Mombasa 
  • Partner Since: 2015

Cherangany Nursing Home

  • Location: Kitale
  • Partner Since: 2014

Daraja Mbili Vision Volunteers Youth Group (DM)

  • Location: Kisii
  • Partner Since: 2014

Gynocare Women’s and Fistula Hospital

  • Location: Eldoret
  • Partner Since: 2014

Jamaa Home & Mission Hospital – Edelvale Trust

  • Location: Nairobi
  • Partner Since: 2014

Kisii Gynocare Fistula Centre

  • Location: Kisii 
  • Partner Since: 2016

Maisha Empowerment Initiative (Formerly Disciples of Mercy)

  • Location: Kisumu
  • Partner Since: 2014

Narok County Referral Hospital

  • Location: Narok
  • Partner Since: 2019

Women and Development Against Distress in Africa (WADADIA)

  • Location: Mumias
  • Partner Since: 2014

Women Education and Health for Development (WOHED)

  • Location: Nairobi
  • Partner Since: 2019
Who are our past partners?

Isiolo Development Project

  • Location: Isiolo
  • Partner in: 2015

 

Kisumu East District Hospital 

  • Location: Kisumu
  • Partner in: 2015

 

One By One

  • Location: Western Kenya
  • Partner in: 2011

 

Wamba Catholic Hospital

  • Location: Wamba
  • Partner in: 2015

 

Medical Aid FIlms

  • Partner in: 2014

 

Dadaab District Hospital (in partnership with WAHA International)

  • Location: Dadaab
  • Partner in: 2011

 

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (in partnership with Direct Relief)

  • Location: Kisumu
  • Partner in: 2011
How much funding have we granted?

 

Below are funding totals since the start of each partnership. 

Current Partners

  • Bomu Hospital – $519,183
  • Cherangany Nursing Home$1,495,018
  • Daraja Mbili Vision Volunteers Youth Group (DM) – $411,189
  • Gynocare Women’s and Fistula Hospital – $2,771,469
  • Jamaa Home & Mission Hospital – Edelvale Trust – $395,497
  • Kisii Gynocare Fistula Centre$1,215,030
  • Maisha Empowerment Initiative$249,351
  • Narok County Referral Hospital$46,930
  • Women and Development Against Distress in Africa (WADADIA) – $1,205,250
  • Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA International)$50,000
  • Women Education and Health for Development (WOHED)$70,923

 

Past Partners 

  • Beyond Fistula$9,860
  • Direct Relief$584,402
  • Isiolo Development Project$10,000
  • Kisumu East District Hospital$70,000
  • Medical Aid Films$21,394
  • One By One$140,500
  • Wamba Catholic Hospital$30,000

News from the Field

Field Notes: A day in Mumias, Kenya  •  January 26, 2017
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Has someone ever thanked you from the bottom of their heart? Before I arrived in Mumias, I would have said yes. That time a friend of mine was down on...
Has someone ever thanked you from the bottom of their heart? Before I arrived in Mumias, I would have said yes. That time a friend of mine was down on his luck and I helped him out. The time I placed a player with some physical challenges in goal for our soccer team, told him I believed in him, and watched him play the game of his life—that time his mother thanked me from the bottom of her heart.
Meet Chepotyeltyel from Kenya  •  December 03, 2016
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Now 80 years old, after suffering with fistula for nearly 50 years, Chepotyeltyel was able to receive free treatment at our partner site Cherangany Nursing Home in July 2016. Following...
Now 80 years old, after suffering with fistula for nearly 50 years, Chepotyeltyel was able to receive free treatment at our partner site Cherangany Nursing Home in July 2016. Following her surgery, she said, “I am glad that God kept me alive for me to have this opportunity to get treated so that when I die, I die a clean woman.”

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