We do our homework upfront
Our goal is to identify local surgical teams in Africa and Asia already successfully treating women with fistula and perineal tears—and then work to amplify their efforts.
We only invite funding requests from the very best hospitals and doctors who are trusted by the communities they serve and are working in areas with the greatest need.
These are often the world’s poorest regions. Some are in war zones that significantly challenge the ways doctors can deliver care.
We vet potential partners through a careful review process that involves the Foundation’s Program Development staff, Board of Directors, and Grants Review Committee. We also rely on our relationships with FIGO, Direct Relief and an international network of fistula surgeons who help advise on the reputations of local doctors and the specific needs that exist in different regions.
Surgeons and hospitals that receive funding are required to provide quarterly progress reports detailing their project activities and costs, surgical outcomes, and any challenges encountered. Fistula Foundation releases funds once a partner’s report has been reviewed by our Medical Advisor and Program Development staff.
Local conditions and a country’s political, economic and social climate determine what’s needed to treat women with fistula and perineal tears in a specific region.
We listen closely to our partners and respond quickly to empower them to do more. Our grants support a combination of the following areas: