Worldwide Fistula Fund

Heals and rebuilds the lives of African women suffering from obstetric fistula while increasing accessibility of obstetric care to improve childbirth safety and reproductive health.

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Obstetric fistula is a devastating childbirth injury from prolonged, obstructed labor in which tissue separating the vagina and urinary tract or rectum is destroyed or damaged. Worldwide Fistula Fund supports research, treatment, prevention and social service programs for women with obstetric fistula and supports programs to help African countries better meet these health care needs.

Women receive life-changing fistula surgeries at the Danja Fistula Center in Niger and specialized hospitals in Uganda. We offer recovery and support to women, including safe places to heal, comprehensive post-operative care, meals, counseling and integrated physical therapy.

Women who suffer from fistula are often shunned by their families and communities. To help them rebuild their lives, Worldwide Fistula Foundation provides education and vocational skills training, literacy and health classes and more. In Uganda, Worldwide Fistula Fund launched with its local partner a women’s empowerment center that provides services for women who have undergone fistula surgery. We provide ongoing individual and group counseling and connect survivors to local survivor mentoring groups.

Worldwide Fistula Fund supports medical and community training programs. Medical staff, including physicians, receive obstetrical and gynecological training in partnership with Mekelle University in Ethiopia.  With our partners in Ethiopia, we support a fellowship program to train Ethiopian gynecologists in advanced pelvic floor medicine and reconstructive pelvic surgery. Community health advocates are also trained in fistula awareness and risk factors and to encourage local families to give birth in health centers.

Contact Information

Worldwide Fistula Fund
1100 E Woodfield Road, Suite 350
Schaumburg, IL 60173 USA
847-592-2438
info@wffund.org
www.WorldwideFistulaFund.org

Financial Information

Worldwide Fistula Fund is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization. Click below to view our most recent independent audit and IRS Form 990.


Photo: Two girls wait for surgery outside the Danja Fistula Center.
Banner Photo: Women celebrate after surgery at Mekelle University, Ethiopia.

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Obstetric fistula is a devastating childbirth injury due to prolonged, obstructed labor. These girls and women suffer incontinence and the loss of their child, in addition to being abandoned by their husbands and cast out by their communities. Help these women regain hope and dignity. Give today!

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Aid for Africa
P.O. Box 8734
Topeka, KS 66608

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