Uganda

Challenged by civil conflict and a huge refugee crisis, Uganda’s health care system struggles to function effectively—driving higher rates of obstetric fistula.

Why We Work in Uganda

Since ending a 20-year insurgency by the Lord’s Resistance Army in the north, Uganda has enjoyed relative prosperity. Today however, explosive population growth—paired with an influx of refugees fleeing violence in South Sudan and the DRC—threatens to undermine this new-found stability.

With one doctor to every 25,000 individuals, the country’s health care services, and maternal services in particular, are struggling to keep up with demand. The maternal mortality rate is among the highest in the world: a Ugandan woman has a one-in-47 chance of dying in childbirth. A 2016 study by the Ministry of Health estimates 200,000 women are living with fistula, and 1,900 new cases occur each year.

Access to fistula treatment remains limited due to a shortage of trained surgeons and medical supplies. Community stigmatization, impassable roads, and high transport costs further exacerbate the challenges a woman faces accessing care. In remote regions of the country, women with fistula suffer, on average, for 11 years before receiving treatment. 

What You Help Us Do

We are investing in the following areas to build Uganda’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 Uganda 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

  • CoRSU Hospital – $503,560
  • Kitovu Hospital – $350,305
  • Uganda Childbirth Injury Fund – $17,500
  • Uganda Village Project – $182,237

Past Partners

  • Kagando Hospital – $396,284
  • Terrewode – $391,003
  • UCSF Safe Motherhood Program – $34,676

News from the Field

Meet Dembe from Uganda  •  April 06, 2018
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Dembe did everything right during her pregnancy—she kept up all of her prenatal doctor’s appointments, and made sure that both she and her baby stayed healthy. When her labor began,...
Dembe did everything right during her pregnancy—she kept up all of her prenatal doctor’s appointments, and made sure that both she and her baby stayed healthy. When her labor began, Dembe walked the 10 kilometers from her home to the nearest heath center. She expected a normal delivery, but tragically, this would not come to pass—Dembe experienced a wrenching, prolonged labor, and her child did not survive.
Featured by The Life You Can Save  •  May 06, 2015
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This month, our partners at The Life You Can Save recommended Fistula Foundation as one of eight recommended charities working to restore vital, long-term services to the people of Nepal....
This month, our partners at The Life You Can Save recommended Fistula Foundation as one of eight recommended charities working to restore vital, long-term services to the people of Nepal. Fistula Foundation's work to support the Fistula Ambassador Program run by our partners at the Uganda Village Project was also featured: To view the full newsletter, click here. Publish on: May 6, 2015
Meet Justine From Uganda  •  June 03, 2014
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When her labor pains began, she prepared to go to the hospital but didn’t have enough money to get there. She labored for nearly 24 hours before reaching the closest...
When her labor pains began, she prepared to go to the hospital but didn’t have enough money to get there. She labored for nearly 24 hours before reaching the closest hospital, after gathering sufficient funds from friends and neighbors. The doctor immediately performed a Cesarean section and was able to save the baby, but Justine had developed an obstetric fistula which left her leaking urine.

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