About WFF

 

MISSION

Worldwide Fistula Fund (WFF) promotes and supports programs aimed at prevention of obstetric fistulas, providing comprehensive care and expert surgical services for women suffering from obstetric fistulas, and programs focused on helping women reintegrate into their communities following treatment.

OVERVIEW

Founded in 1995, the Worldwide Fistula Fund (WFF) is a not-for-profit public charity that provides free, comprehensive obstetric fistula repair surgery, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation programs and services for women and girls suffering from obstetric fistulas in sub-Saharan Africa. Originally organized as Worldwide Fund for Mothers Injured in Childbirth, it re-launched as WFF in 2003.

WFF is currently active in programs in Niger, Uganda, and Ethiopia, developing an integrated physical and occupational therapy program, and continuing research on obstetric fistulas.

In February 2012, the Worldwide Fistula Fund opened a new fistula hospital in Danja, Niger. Located in rural southern Niger, the Danja Fistula Center (DFC) offers free fistula repair surgery, a prevention program and a reintegration program. The center also provides training and research opportunities for medical professionals.

In Uganda, WFF supports TERREWODE, a local nonprofit committed to improving post-surgical care and social rehabilitation for fistula survivors. WFF helped launch a Reintegration Center where survivors benefit from services like counseling, nutritional support, literacy education and entrepreneurial and vocational skills training.

In 2014, we launched our newest program in Ethiopia – the Mekelle Medical School Residency, a post-graduate residency program in obstetrics and gynecology with direct training in the prevention and treatment of fistulas.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Provided surgery for over 500 women at the Danja Fistula Center since its inception in 2012. The center provides free fistula repair surgery as well as prevention and rehabilitation programs and surgical training for local staff.
  • Assembled a council of leaders in physical and occupational therapy to develop an integrated therapy program for fistula survivors.
  • Trained the Danja Fistula Center’s local surgeon to become a certified expert in fistula surgery
  • Launched our newest program in Ethiopia – the Mekelle Medical School Residency, a post-graduate residency program in obstetrics and gynecology with direct training in the prevention and treatment of fistulas.
  • Supported the launch of a reintegration center in Uganda that offers literacy education, counseling and vocational skills training to fistula survivors.
  • Aided in the construction of the Evangel VVF Centre in Jos, Nigeria. This center provides fistula surgery for between 300 and 400 women a year.
  • Provided support for the Aberdeen Clinic and Fistula Center, Freetown, Sierra Leone, and the Mercy Maternity and Fistula Center, Mankessim, Ghana. Provided surgical training in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and other countries.
  • Provided invited expert consultation to President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, to the United Nations Population Fund, the World Health Organization, the United States Congress, a variety of media outlets, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Gates Institute of the School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.
  • Helped sponsor Engel Entertainment’s “Walk to Beautiful,” a stunning film about obstetric fistulas.