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Malawi faces a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, which diverts limited healthcare resources from efforts to treat women with fistula.

Why We Work in Malawi

Fistula Foundation is not currently working in Malawi.

Malawi is a narrow, landlocked nation in southeast Africa. Despite high rates of prenatal care and births attended by skilled personnel, the maternal mortality rate remains alarmingly high. The country also has a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, which diverts already limited health care resources and adversely affects efforts to improve maternal health.

Given these factors, along with a high fertility rate, low female literacy rate, and practices such as early marriage, it is estimated that Malawi has a significant backlog of women suffering from obstetric fistula in addition to the new cases that occur each year.

What You Help Us Do

We made the following investments to build Malawi’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 Freedom From Fistula Foundation, Child Legacy International and Operation Fistula in Malawi. We are currently not funding any projects in the country.

What projects did we fund in the past?

Freedom From Fistula Foundation

Freedom From Fistula Foundation established the Fistula Care Center at Blaiwa Hospital in 2010, a facility which has since garnered a reputation for being the gold standard of fistula care in Malawi. This partnership increased the capacity of the hospital to treat even more women. 

Child Legacy International

For the past 20 years, Child Legacy International (CLI) has been working in Africa to transform lives by providing opportunities that break the generational cycle of poverty and despair. In Malawi, CLI built a rural hospital that is solely powered by renewable energy (solar and wind) that they hope to replicate throughout sub-Saharan Africa where no connections exist to the national power grid or to piped water. In Malawi, CLI is working with the government of Malawi through the Ministry of Health to provide health services in rural Lilongwe district. 

Operation Fistula

Through Operation Fistula, Fistula Foundation funded a series of small grants to surgeons in hospitals and health centers throughout Malawi. These grants were used to provide free fistula repair surgeries and build surgeon capacity. Not only were more women able to access treatment, but the overall surgical success rate in this project compared to years past was significantly improved.

How much funding have we granted?

Freedom From Fistula Foundation

  • $362,376 in FY2016
  • $267,700 in FY2015

Child Legacy International

  • $49,588 in FY2014

Operation Fistula

  • $99,500 in FY2012 (divided between projects in Malawi, Madagascar, and Mauritania)

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