More About Fistula


The following resources and organizations provide information about obstetric fistula occurrence, treatment and prevention throughout the world. We are proud to be aligned with such a wonderful network of individuals and alliances.


A Walk to Beautiful
This award-winning documentary follows five Ethiopian women seeking treatment for obstetric fistula at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital operated by the Fistula Foundation. The hour-long film is available to watch online.

Campaign to End Fistulas
The United Nation’ Population Fund’s initiative to end fistula and make the condition as rare in developing countries as it is in the industrialized world.

The Fistula Care Project
Fistula Care (USAID’s fistula prevention program) supports a network of facilities offering a continuum of services, from emergency obstetric care, referrals, and family planning to complex fistula repairs and advanced surgical training.

The Fistula Foundation
The Fistula Foundation is the largest private charitable foundation supporting fistula treatment globally. It is also the largest supporter of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia during each of the last five years, allowing it to provide free, safe surgery to any woman with fistula who comes to the hospital in need of treatment.

Operation Obstetric Fistula
Operation Obstetric Fistula makes performance-based grants to local African hospitals to support treatment efforts of women with obstetric fistula.

Journal Articles

A Bill of Rights for Patients with Obstetric Fistula
by L. Lewis Wall
International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
8 August 2014

Impact of a Program of Physiotherapy and Health Education on the Outcome of Obstetric Fistula Surgery
by Yves-Jacques Castille, Chiara Avocetien, Dieudonné Zaongo, Jean-Marie Colas, James O. Peabody, Charles-Henry Rochat
International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
29 August 2013

A Framework for Analyzing the Determinants of Obstetric Fistula Formation
by L. Lewis Wall
Studies in Family Planning
December 2012

Urinary Symptoms and Urodynamics Following Obstetric Genitourinary Fistula Repair
by Judith T. W. Goh, Hannah Krause, Azeb B. Tessema, Genet Abraha
International Urogynecology Journal
25 October 2012

Overcoming Phase 1 Delays: The Critical Component of Obstetric Fistula Prevention Programs in Resource-Poor Countries
by L. Lewis Wall
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
18 July 2012

Obstetric Vesicovaginal Fistula as an International Public-Health Problem
by L. Lewis Wall
The Lancet
30 September 2006

A New Classification for Female Genital Tract Fistula
by Judith T. W. GOH
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
3 July 2004

Fitsari Dan Duniya: An African (Hausa) Praise Song About Vesicovaginal Fistulas
by L. Lewis Wall
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
December 2002