Women receive Life-Changing Surgery at Danja Fistula Center in Niger and at Referral Hospitals in Uganda. WFF works to identify women who need fistula treatment and transports them to surgery performed by Expert Fistula Surgeons.
WFF offers Recovery and Ongoing Support to women including safe places to heal, comprehensive post-operative care, meals, group and individual counseling, individual care plans and integrated physical therapy overseen by WFF’s Rehabilitation Advisory Council.
Women are encouraged to participate in Education and Vocational Skills Training in literacy and health classes, as well as embroidery & sewing courses, handcrafting jewelry, and cooking & catering. WFF also launched the Women’s Empowerment Center in Uganda in collaboration with TERREWODE.
WFF also supports Advocacy and Support Groups by providing ongoing individual and group counseling, as well as connecting survivors to local survivor mentoring groups. WFF supports training of new members for the national Obstetric Fistula Awareness and Advocacy Network (OFAAN) in Uganda. In Kenya we have organized over 200 fistula survivors into 12 Solidarity Groups to develop and implement mutual economic empowerment initiatives.
Improving Women’s Healthcare
The Worldwide Fistula Fund seeks to improve global women’s reproductive health and the safety of childbirth by improving the capacity of low-resource countries to meet women’s health care needs.
WFF works to provide Expert OB-GYN Training through our enhanced OB-GYN residency training program, Mekelle Medical Education Collaboration, and our specialized Urogynecology Fellowship training program, both launched in partnership with and at Mekelle University in Ethiopia.
WFF funds Community Health Advocate Training where community members are trained in fistula awareness and risk factors and to encourage local families to give birth in health centers.
We additionally fund research in maternal and reproductive health to assess current treatments, to uncover unmet treatment needs and to improve future care.