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The Fistula Foundation

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Health & Medicine
  • International
  • Women


1700 The AlamedaSuite 300San Jose, CA 95126 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Fistula Foundation does one thing and we do it well: treat obstetric fistula. Funding from our generous donors allows us to provide our partners in the field with human and financial resources that enable as many women as possible to receive the treatment they need. Our partners are carefully vetted and every site we fund is coordinated and staffed by local nurses, heroic doctors and care workers who understand the community and understand how to provide the best care possible to the women they treat.


Fistula Foundation believes no woman should endure a life of misery and isolation simply for trying to bring a child into this world. That’s why we’re dedicated to ending the suffering caused by obstetric fistula, a childbirth injury caused by prolonged, unrelieved obstructed labor that renders a woman incontinent - an injury that can only be treated through surgery.

Since adopting a global mission in 2009, we have supported treatment in 29 countries throughout Africa and Asia.

We are the largest private charitable foundation supporting fistula treatment globally.
Support from our generous donors allows women living in places like Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to receive free, high quality fistula repair surgeries that can change their lives forever.


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by Linzi B. from Oklahoma City, OK (December 7, 2019)
I had a great time volunteering with The Fistula Foundation! When I arrived onsite, I was warmly greeted and given a tour of their office before beginning to help prepare their holiday cards. I had a lot of fun and learned so much about the organization. I can't wait to volunteer here again once I have another free day!
by abdillahi a. (January 20, 2012)
i am medical doctor i graduated somali national university in mogadishu school of medicine and surgery in 1990 i worked in somalia and in yemen ,.now in usa, last year i went in somalia for volunteer in 3 month program to help people for the drough and fammine i went hospitals in capital mogadishu where idid routation while i was student, and i worked as a medical doctor.i worked with an obsteric doctors becuase i am intersting to become obestetrician. i did ceserean sections ,deliveries, i opened abdominal surgery there were a war. but what i saw was a fistula problem many girls got rape or truamatic delivery with incontinence and a bad smell due to feaces coming out from vagina and other people scaping from them. these ladies need help so i decided to learn fistula to help .and that is why i need to be your organization

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