Nigeria

Nigeria carries the world’s highest burden of obstetric fistula. Widespread poverty and regional instability heighten the challenges women face in accessing maternal care.

Why We Work in Nigeria

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country, with over 175 million people. However, it continues to struggle with both poverty and population growth. A 2018 study from the Gates Foundation reported that by 2050, 40 percent of the world’s population living in extreme poverty will come from just two nations: the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria.

Nigeria also carries the burden of other poor health indicators. It has the world’s highest rate of HIV/AIDS-related deaths, and high rates of maternal and infant mortality. Only 43% of births in the country are attended by a skilled medical professional. It is not surprising, then, that Nigeria also has the world’s heaviest burden of obstetric fistula.
Regional conflict, political instability, and increasing poverty (particularly in rural areas) have further hindered access to healthcare in the country, especially for women. With female literacy rates below 50%, women with fistula face many obstacles in learning about their condition and accessing treatment. Urgent intervention is needed to overcome these critical barriers to fistula care in Nigeria.

What You Help Us Do

We are investing in the following areas to build Nigeria’s in-country medical services and provide life-transforming surgery to as many women as possible:

Meet Our Partners

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

Who are our current partners?

Evangel Vesico-Vaginal Fistula Center

  • Location: Jos
  • Partner since: 2011

Family Life Centre/VVF Hospital

  • Location: Uyo
  • Partner since: 2019

Fistula Foundation, Nigeria

  • Location: Kano
  • Partner since: 2013

Nigeria National Fistula Program

  • Location: Katsina, Kano, Sokoto
  • Partner since: 2012
Who are our past partners?

Mariya Sanusi Maternity Hospital

  • Location: Kano
  • Partner in: 2015

University College Hospital

  • Location: Ibadan
  • Partner in: 2015

Usmanu Danfodiyo Teaching Hospital, Sokoto

  • Location: Sokoto
  • Partner in: 2015
How much funding have we granted?

Below are funding totals since the start of each partnership.

Current Partners

  • Evangel Vesico-Vaginal Fistula Center – $2,389,450
  • Family Life Centre/VVF Hospital – $124,600
  • Fistula Foundation, Nigeria – $148,800
  • Nigeria National Fistula Program – $1,124,194

Past Partners

  • Mariya Sanusi Maternity Hospital – $59,193
  • University College Hospital, Ibadan – $88,017
  • Usmanu Danfodiyo Teaching Hospital, Sokoto – $37,810

News from the Field

Out of the Margins #3 - Strength in the ashes  •  February 15, 2018
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Hasana* lost everything when Boko Haram destroyed her village. But she survived—and is making a life for herself amidst the ashes. The attack was horrific. Boko Haram militants tore through...
Hasana* lost everything when Boko Haram destroyed her village. But she survived—and is making a life for herself amidst the ashes. The attack was horrific. Boko Haram militants tore through Hasana’s village, killing and raping her family and neighbors. When help arrived, the militants set her village on fire. Nothing remained but ashes. Miraculously, Hasana survived. Rescuers rushed her to a nearby hospital—she had been brutally raped and battered.
Last Hope: The Doctor Who Fixes ‘Inoperable’ Fistulas in Nigeria  •  December 20, 2017
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Dr. Sunday Lengmang is considered one of the world’s leading fistula surgeons. He is the only doctor in Nigeria that performs urinary diversions—surgeries for women whose fistulas are so severe,...
Dr. Sunday Lengmang is considered one of the world’s leading fistula surgeons. He is the only doctor in Nigeria that performs urinary diversions—surgeries for women whose fistulas are so severe, they would otherwise be considered “incurable. Fistula Foundation is proud to support Dr. Lengmang’s work at Evangel Vesico-Vaginal Fistula Center in Jos, Nigeria—the nation bearing the largest fistula burden in the world.
Meet Aidah From Nigeria  •  July 23, 2015
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72 year old Aidah lived with obstetric fistula for an astounding 41 years before accessing treatment at Evangel Vesico-Vaginal Fistula Center in Jos. Her family stuck by her side the...
72 year old Aidah lived with obstetric fistula for an astounding 41 years before accessing treatment at Evangel Vesico-Vaginal Fistula Center in Jos. Her family stuck by her side the entire time, and recounted to hospital staff how fistula severely limited her (and their) opportunities and success in life.

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