Ten years, one mission
Ten years ago, Fistula Foundation supported only one hospital in Ethiopia. But we knew that there were at least a million women across Africa and Asia who were living in misery.
On February 27, 2009, we officially expanded our mission to fight fistula globally. A decade out—because of exceptional support from people like you—we are helping more than 15 times as many women as we were in 2009.
Today, we are the undisputed leader in fistula treatment, with no other organization helping more women in more places, and our path-breaking treatment networks in Kenya and Zambia are thriving.
In recent years, we are increasingly finding and treating women suffering from severe perineal tears, a childbirth injury that leaves a woman incontinent of feces. Today helping women with this devastating condition accounts for approximately 20% of the repair surgeries we provide.
Fistula Foundation was founded in 2000 as an all-volunteer organization to support the pioneering Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia.
Our success between 2004 and 2008 enabled us to dramatically expand our mission in 2009 to fight fistula globally. As a result of this rapid expansion, we have now supported fistula treatment in 32 countries at sites on two continents, Africa and Asia. We fund more obstetric fistula surgeries globally than any other organization.
The first place we went outside of Ethiopia was the Democratic Republic of Congo, an area known as “the worst place on earth to be a woman”. We partnered with Dr. Denis Mukwege. Today Mukwege is our longest standing partner, and we were delighted when he won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for his important work.
Since then, our ‘true north’ for providing high-quality fistula surgery has been amplifying the efforts of local doctors and hospitals, operating where the need is greatest. We rely on the expertise of our partner surgeons, nurses, and outreach workers to provide care that is high-quality, respectful, and effective. Learn
Today, after a decade of successful partnership, Fistula Foundation is now funding more surgeries for more women than any other organization in the world. Since expanding in 2009, we have supported 150 sites in 32 countries. Learn about
By early 2020, we will have provided over 50,000 life-changing surgeries.
Our bottom line is always the number of women we’re able to help.
Declining government funding has put more demands on our work. Now more than ever, your support ensures women receive the care they need.