Fistula Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of and funding for fistula repair worldwide to treat women who are suffering from obstetric fistula. The foundation has funded local partners in 28 countries across Africa and Asia – funding more fistula repair surgeries worldwide than any other nonprofit not receiving government funding
Fistula Foundation was founded in 2000 as an all volunteer organization to support the pioneering Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia. Our success between 2004 and 2008 enabled us to dramatically expand our mission to fight fistula globally. As a result of this rapid expansion, they have now supported fistula treatment in 32 countries at sites on two continents, Africa and Asia. They fund more obstetric fistula surgeries globally than any other organization in the world that is not taking government funding.
It is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization which was founded in 2000. It is headquartered in San Jose, California. Since its inception it has raised more than $20 million from donors throughout the United States. Until 2008, the foundation supported only the work of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, founded by Dr. Catherine Hamlin and her late husband Reginald Hamlin. Since 2009, the foundation has extended its reach to more than 38 grantees in 19 countries across sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. The Foundation remains an important funder of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.
Although the Foundation funds projects for awareness and prevention of fistula, its primary focus is supporting treatment, either directly through fistula repair surgeries, or indirectly through training and the provision and equipping of medical facilities. Countries where the Foundation has supported projects include Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Kenya, Liberia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, Somaliland, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
The foundation is a partner of the United Nations Population Fund’s Campaign to End Fistula. Other partners include Women and Health Alliance (WAHA), Direct Relief International, the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) and the International Society of Obstetric Fistula Surgeons (ISOFS).