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WFF partners with TERREWODE, a local organization headquartered in Soroti, Uganda. In the past 7 years, WFF has provided up to 60% of their annual funding and TERREWODE has grown from a regional to national program. In 2017, WFF awarded TERREWODE our largest grant ever: $675,000 over 5 years. TERREWODE begins construction on a dedicated women’s hospital which promises to triple their treatment capacity. WFF’s goal: help triple the number of women receiving treatment through this partnership. Expected to be fully operational in 2020, the hospital will be the new site for comprehensive childbirth injury prevention, advocacy and treatment programs — all delivered under one roof! Currently, our partnership delivers these services to women through multiple locations.

Women access free, high quality fistula surgeries through partnerships with the Uganda Ministry of Health, a network of hospitals and outreach treatment camps. Surgical access begins with pre-operative counseling that gives women the peace of mind that their fistula is treatable and in most cases curable. Round trip transportation for surgery by FIGO certified doctors, nutrition and more during their hospital stay and post-operative counseling for adherence to instructions are also provided.

Women feel empowered to begin new lives after fistula through Social Reintegration Programs at the Women's Economic Development and Empowerment Center in Soroti. During a 2 week program, fistula survivors are provided accommodations and meals while they take educational and vocational classes to help lift themselves from poverty. They feel empowered learning about reproductive health, achieving basic functional literacy and acquiring skills to manage savings and access credit. These skills are the basis to help them become economically self supporting using vocational skills they also acquire. Women may choose to learn income generating skills such as sewing, jewelry making, cooking and catering that allow them to return home and support themselves and their families.

We provide Community Health Advocate Training to law enforcement officers, medical professionals, educators, community members and members of the media. With training, they join the Obstetric Fistula Awareness and Advocacy Network (OFAAN), a network of more than 1,000 trained outreach volunteers, who work in community settings to identify women with fistula and refer them for treatment. OFAAN training ensures wide dissemination of fistula treatment awareness and prevention messages throughout the country.