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

We’ve been working with trusted partners in Kenya since 2010 to identify and treat women with fistula.

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: 

  • 9,739 fistula surgeries provided 
  • 11 surgeons and 19 nurses trained in fistula management
  • 4,853 health service providers sensitized
  • 378 community health volunteers trained  
  • Over 23,300 community outreach activities  conducted
  • 25 support groups formed serving 522 fistula survivors in reintegration and economic empowerment programs
  • Over 2.2 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

Vihiga County Referral Hospital

  • Location: Mbale
  • Partner Since: 2021

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?

Beyond Fistula

  • Location: Eldoret
  • Partner In: 2016

Direct Relief

  • Location: Kisumu
  • Partner In: 2010 – 2015

Hands Around the World

  • Location: Maua
  • Partner In: 2013

Isiolo Development Project

  • Location: Isiolo
  • Partner In: 2015

Kisumu East District Hospital

  • Location: Kisumu
  • Partner In: 2015 – 2019

Medical Aid Films

  • Partner In: 2014

One By One (now Worldwide Fistula Fund)

  • Location: Western Kenya
  • Partner In: 2011

Wamba Catholic Hospital

  • Location: Wamba
  • Partner In: 2015

Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA International)

  • Partner In: 2011
How much funding have we granted?

Below are funding totals since the start of each partnership.

Current Partners

  • Bomu Hospital: $766,759.77
  • Cherangany Nursing Home: $2,099,676.95
  • Daraja Mbili Vision Volunteers Youth Group (DM): $602,493.02
  • Gynocare Women’s and Fistula Hospital: $3,585,965.73
  • Jamaa Home & Mission Hospital – Edelvale Trust: $567,194.43
  • Kisii Gynocare Fistula Centre: $1,844,266.53
  • Maisha Empowerment Initiative: $340,663.38
  • Narok County Referral Hospital: $111,239.43
  • Vihiga County Referral Hospital: $25,208
  • Women and Development Against Distress in Africa (WADADIA): $1,726,649.30
  • Women Education and Health for Development (WOHED): $159,338.24

Past Partners

  • Beyond Fistula: $9,860
  • Direct Relief: $584,402
  • Hands Around the World: $4,441
  • Isiolo Development Project: $10,000
  • Kisumu East District Hospital: $42,736

News from the Field

Kapenguria County Referral Hospital Joins the Fistula Foundation Treatment Network in Kenya  •  April 11, 2022
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On March 16, Fistula Foundation added a new treatment facility to the Fistula Foundation Treatment Network in Kenya. Kapenguria County Referral Hospital (KCRH), in West Pokot County, joins eight other...
On March 16, Fistula Foundation added a new treatment facility to the Fistula Foundation Treatment Network in Kenya. Kapenguria County Referral Hospital (KCRH), in West Pokot County, joins eight other partner facilities in Kenya, and brings free fistula treatment to one of the highest density areas for fistula cases in the county.   In partnership with the West Pokot County government and Fistula Foundation, healthcare providers at KCRH aim to bring life-transforming care to 60 women this year through routine repair surgeries at the facility. Dr. Anthony Wanjala, the lead fistula surgeon at Kapenguria—and the only gynecologist in the county—was one of the first surgeons in our network to receive training at the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)-accredited training center in Eldoret, Kenya. He has been a dynamic and outspoken leader in fistula care for many years, and his efforts were crucial in bringing about this partnership. U.S.-based members of the Fistula Foundation programs staff attended the launch ceremony, along with the team based in Kenya.      Along with launching the hospital’s fistula repair program, the ceremony was a celebration of improvements in maternal healthcare that are now underway in West Pokot County. During the festivities, there were remarks by representatives of each stakeholder group—including John Krop Lonyangapuo, governor of West Pokot County and the guest of honor at the event.   I launched free Fistula Repair Surgery today at Kapenguria County Referral Hospital conducted by the County Government of West Pokot in partnership with Fistula Foundation. This programme will help Fistula patients through life changing surgeries. pic.twitter.com/lBS7uPYwBG — Prof John Krop Lonyangapuo (@Johnlonyangapuo) March 16, 2022   Traditional song and dance performances were also a highlight of the ceremony.     “I’m delighted to welcome Kapenguria into our network of care in Kenya,” said Lindsey Pollaczek, vice president of programs. “In addition to our commitment to do more to end fistula in the western part of the country, FFTN in Kenya is celebrating an incredible milestone that we reached this year—since 2014, we've provided more than 9,000 life-transforming surgeries to women who are suffering. We couldn’t do any of this without our dedicated partners in the field, and our loyal donors who’ve been with us every step of the way.”
Building a Network of Care in Kenya—and Beyond  •  March 17, 2022
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We surpassed a major milestone in 2021: Since 2009, we’ve provided more than 60,000 surgeries to women in need of care. This month, we finished tallying the number of surgeries...
We surpassed a major milestone in 2021: Since 2009, we’ve provided more than 60,000 surgeries to women in need of care. This month, we finished tallying the number of surgeries performed last year by our network of partners. The final count was record-breaking: In 2021, Fistula Foundation supported 9,477 surgeries in partnership with 65 organizations in 24 countries.

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