The Worldwide Fistula Fund (WFF), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1995 to support international medical education and research about obstetrical trauma in the developing world. Originally organized as The Worldwide Fund for Mothers Injured in Childbirth, we relaunched as the Worldwide Fistula Fund in 2003. The WFF currently is focused on the obstetric fistula treatment, prevention and rehabilitation in Niger, an extremely poor country in west Africa. Our U.S. operations are based out of executive offices in Schaumburg, Illinois.
The mission of the WFF is to promote excellent, ethical, comprehensive care for women with obstetric fistula. Our strategy is to band together and support a network of committed individuals with fistula expertise who share this common ideal.
To this end, we will:
- Support the direct provision of high-quality clinical care for women with obstetric fistula
- Promote excellent training for fistula surgeons incorporating these values
- Advocate relentlessly for the unmet needs of women suffering from obstetric fistula
- Encourage scientifically valid research in fistula treatment and prevention
- Opened the Danja Fistula Center in Feburary 2012. This facility will provide treatment for 2,500 women within the first five years of operation, as well as prevention and rehabilitiation programs and surgical training for local staff members.
- Aided in the construction of the Evangel VVF Centre in Jos, Nigeria. Located in a busy general hospital, this center provides life-changing fistula surgery for between 300 and 400 women a year.
- Provided support for the Mercy Maternity and Fistula Center, Mankessim, Ghana. The WFF provided consulting visits, and architectural advice for this center, which opened in 2006.
- Provided support for the Aberdeen Clinic and Fistula Center, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The WFF provided instruments, computer equipment, funds for surgery, and on-site consulting.
- Actively involved in fistula-related activities of the International Continence Society and the International Consultation on Incontinence. The Worldwide Fistula Fund has actively assisted in sponsoring publications and a major international seminar on fistula.
- Collaborated extensively with the University of Ghana Medical School in Accra and the Kwame Nkrumah University Science and Technology School of Medicine in Kumasi on fistula projects.
- Provided surgical training in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Uganda and other countries.
- Produced training manuals for fistula surgery and have written multiple publications in medical journals, textbooks, national magazine, and local media on fistula-related topics.
- 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 fistula.