Bill Gates has said, “Poverty is sexist.”

Obstetric fistula—a devastating childbirth injury—exemplifies that truth. It reflects two deep-seated global problems: extreme poverty and gender inequality.


Today, at least one million women in Africa and Asia needlessly suffer from untreated fistula.

They are women like Everlyn, from Zambia.

While giving birth at home in her village, Everlyn experienced obstructed labor for two days—without access to medical help. As a result, she suffered a childbirth injury known as obstetric fistula, which left her incontinent, humiliated, and shunned by her community. She leaked urine uncontrollably for the next 27 years of her life.

The good news: A single cost-effective surgery can restore a woman’s health.

Today, Fistula Foundation is the global leader in fistula repair surgery.

Our network of surgeons in 27 countries provides life-transforming surgeries to more fistula patients like Everlyn than any other organization in the world. Will you spare a minute of your time to learn how we work to help women like Everlyn?

Those with fistula are completely voiceless—young, female, poor, rural, and ostracized. They are the 21st century’s lepers.
Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist

None of our work is possible without the generosity of our global community of supporters.

Your support can make the difference between a future of misery or a future of hope for women like Everlyn.

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For 16 years in a row, Fistula Foundation has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator—an honor that less than 1% of charities receive.


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