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Rwanda

Two decades after the tragic Rwandan genocide, continued civil unrest and limited access to healthcare services prevent women from seeking fistula treatment.

Why We Work in Rwanda

Fistula Foundation is not currently working in Rwanda.

Two decades after the tragic Rwandan genocide, Rwanda is the most densely populated country in Africa. Over 80% of the population lives in rural areas and around two thirds live in poverty.

Despite these challenges, Rwanda has made substantial progress in its maternal health indicators in recent years: the maternal mortality rate has dropped from 750 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2005 to 480 in 100,000 and 69% of deliveries are performed at health centers with the assistance of skilled personnel.

Nevertheless, there continues to be a growing backlog of untreated cases in Rwanda as years of civil unrest and limited access to fistula services prevented women from seeking treatment.

What You Help Us Do

We made the following investments to build Rwanda’s in-country medical services and provide repair surgery to as many women as possible:

Meet Our Partners

Fistula Foundation has previously worked with Eagle Research Center in Rwanda. We are currently not funding any projects in the country.

What projects did we fund in the past?

Eagle Research Center 

This project aimed to provide regular obstetric fistula services to women in Rwanda through the establishment of the country’s first routine, comprehensive fistula care center at the University Central Hospital of Kigali (CHUK). In addition to equipping the center with necessary medical supplies, funding from Fistula Foundation helped to build the capacity of the nation’s leading gynecologists and address the major barriers that women in Rwanda face to getting treatment, including raising awareness in local communities and providing for transportation and food costs during treatment and recovery.

How much funding have we granted?

University Central Hospital of Kigali

  • $50,185 in FY2014

News from the Field

New Project in Rwanda  •  February 09, 2015
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In October 2014, our Medical & Programs Director, Dr. Steve Arrowsmith, and Communications Associate, Ashley Burke, traveled to East Africa to represent Fistula Foundation at the 2014 ISOFS conference. While...
In October 2014, our Medical & Programs Director, Dr. Steve Arrowsmith, and Communications Associate, Ashley Burke, traveled to East Africa to represent Fistula Foundation at the 2014 ISOFS conference. While in the region, they also had the opportunity to visit several of our partner sites in Uganda, Kenya & Rwanda. Here is a highlight from their trip.
Meet Umuhoza From Rwanda  •  January 17, 2015
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Umuhoza is 24 years old and from a rural village in northwest Rwanda. By the time she arrived at University Central Hospital of Kigali (CHUK) with her mother in June...
Umuhoza is 24 years old and from a rural village in northwest Rwanda. By the time she arrived at University Central Hospital of Kigali (CHUK) with her mother in June 2014, doctors realized that she was in pretty bad shape. Umuhoza's delivery was so traumatizing that she could not remember any details, but doctors estimated she had been in labor for at least five days based on the extent of the damage.
Dispatches from the Field  •  November 26, 2014
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This September, Fistula Foundation Director of Marketing and Development Joop Rubens and Board member Dr. Larry William traveled to Central and East Africa to visit several of our partner sites....
This September, Fistula Foundation Director of Marketing and Development Joop Rubens and Board member Dr. Larry William traveled to Central and East Africa to visit several of our partner sites. They began their journey at one of our longest-term partners, Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, before moving on to Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda. Read about highlights from their trip below.

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