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.
Meet Our Partners
Fistula Foundation has previously worked with Eagle Research Center in Rwanda. We are currently not funding any projects in the country.
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.
University Central Hospital of Kigali
- $50,185 in FY2014