Worldwide Fistula Fund

Restores and protects the health and dignity of the world's most vulnerable women and girls by healing and preventing devastating childbirth injuries through surgery, education & vocational skills, capacity building doctor training and community advocacy.


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

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.

Donate Now to Worldwide Fistula Fund


Help African women with obstetric fistula regain hope and dignity through our programs providing surgery, education, job training and mentoring. Your donation will provide:

  • $50 a hospital transport for 5 women
  • $100 a hospital transport for 10 women
  • $150 skilled post-surgical Nursing for 1 woman
  • $450 a life-changing fistula surgery for 1 woman
  • $1,000 empowerment training support for 5 women
  • $4,500 10 fistula surgeries for 10 women

To donate to this member charity by check, please print our designation form and mail it with your check to

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

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