Tanzania

Women in rural Tanzania have limited access to adequate healthcare and remain at risk of developing fistula in childbirth.

Why We Work in Tanzania

Maternal health indicators have been improving in Tanzania, but there is still a long way to go. In cities, nearly all women deliver in hospitals—but over 70% of the Tanzanian population lives in rural areas, where health care remains difficult to access.

In Tanzania women with fistula suffer for eight years on average before finding help. During that time, they experience significant emotional trauma—too often, fistula survivors are shunned by their communities and abandoned by their husbands. Due to the isolating nature of fistula, many Tanzanian survivors do not know that their condition is treatable, and blame themselves for their misfortune or believe that they are cursed. 

What You Help Us Do

We are investing in the following areas to build Tanzania’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 Tanzania already successfully treating women with fistula—and then work to amplify their efforts. 

Who are our current partners?
Who are our past partners?
How much funding have we granted?

Below are funding totals since the start of each partnership.

Current Partners

  • Bugando Medical Centre – $76,000
  • Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) – $3,010,085
  • Maternity Africa – $601,395

Past Partners

  • Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre – $82,960
  • Association of Obstetric Fistula Surgeons of Tanzania – $200,000
  • Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre / Duke Global Health Institute: $19,150
  • Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic – $50,000
  • Women’s Dignity – $135,000

News from the Field

Meet Nanyoor from Tanzania  •  April 18, 2018
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Nanyoor experienced a terrible obstructed labor when she was only 16 years old. She is a member of the Maasai tribe in northern Tanzania, and her remote community is miles...
Nanyoor experienced a terrible obstructed labor when she was only 16 years old. She is a member of the Maasai tribe in northern Tanzania, and her remote community is miles away from any major healthcare facility. When Nanyoor’s labor continued into a third day, her family took her to the nearest town on foot. The doctors there were unable to help her.
Your Donations at Work - The Mabinti Centre  •  April 17, 2018
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Thankfully, a woman with obstetric fistula can be physically healed through life-transforming surgery. However, for many survivors, complete recovery goes beyond the physical—emotional and psychological damage can haunt her long...
Thankfully, a woman with obstetric fistula can be physically healed through life-transforming surgery. However, for many survivors, complete recovery goes beyond the physical—emotional and psychological damage can haunt her long after her body has healed. Fistula Foundation’s partners in Africa and Asia are dedicated to providing holistic care for their patients. Many offer comprehensive counseling and job skills training to women after they are discharged from the hospital.
Meet Naomi From Tanzania  •  July 07, 2015
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Naomi arrived at Tanga Health Center in northeastern Tanzania as a glowing 24 year old expectant mother and businesswoman with a supportive family and a bright future. She returned home...
Naomi arrived at Tanga Health Center in northeastern Tanzania as a glowing 24 year old expectant mother and businesswoman with a supportive family and a bright future. She returned home with a healthy baby, but also a devastating condition that threatened to diminish that future - obstetric fistula. Despite a traumatic 12 hour delivery, Naomi’s baby survived. The baby was too big to fit through her pelvis and in a breech position that made the delivery even more difficult

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