Health—General & Rehabilitative

WORLDWIDE FISTULA FUND INC

  • Schaumburg, IL
  • http://worldwidefistulafund.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the WFF is to eliminate obstetric fistulas through preventive care, surgical intervention and global advocacy initiatives.

Main Programs

  1. Danja Fistula Center

service areas

International

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ruling year

2003

chief executive

Ms. Catherine Diebel

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co-chief executive

Wendy Weiser

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Keywords

Fistula

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EIN

30-0139210

Physical Address

1100 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 350

Schaumburg, IL 60173

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health Support Services (E60)

Hospital (Specialty) (E24)

Specifically Named Diseases (G80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

Our strategy is to band together and support a network of committed individuals with fistula expertise who share this common ideal.

In 2013, WFF performed 169 fistula surgeries at the Danja Fistula Center through July. Most of those surgeries were complicated, difficult surgeries, or were surgeries on women who had already undergone 2-5 previous unsuccessful fistula repair surgeries.

WFF has continued to train medical professionals in fistula surgical interventions and in the care of women with fistula. THis includes the advanced training of a surgeon at the Danja Fistula Center, an anesthitist at Danja, as well as nurses and other medical technical professionals. To date, there are 15 full-time medical staff present at Danja who have been provided training and who are supported by WFF.

The Prevention program team at the Danja Fistula Center worked with cillage leaders to organize a system for an on-call vehicle to tranport women to a health care center during labor. In the event of difficulties with the system, the Danja Fistula Center operated a back-up service. While the nubmer of village transports is not available, the Danja Fistula Center vehicle provided 277 transports from the beginning of the program through July, 2013, with a sharp rise in tranports int eh latter half of the reporting period. This indicated that increased awareness of the program has led to more emergency transports.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Danja Fistula Center

The WFF will officially open the Danja Fistula Center, a free-standing obstetric fistula hospital, in February 2012. The Center will not only offer a comprehensive range of short- and long-term services to women suffering from fistula but also function as a training and research center for medical professionals. Over the coming years, the WFF hopes to advance the message of hope and healing by replicating this Center in other developing nations around the world.
Within just five years, the Center will:
provide care for up to 2,500 women with fistula
train at least 30 doctors from Niger and other African countries in fistula repair and
develop community-based programs to aid in the prevention of obstructed labor (the major cause of fistula).
To achieve these milestones, the WFF is currently working to raise several million dollars in a capital campaign.

Category

Health Care

Budget

$5,000,000.00

Population Served

Female Adults

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Continued provision of respectful, whole-person care, and high quality fistula surgeries at the Danja Fistula Center remains a primary goal. This includes an increase in the number of fistula repair surgeries performed, as well as a continuation of the current high-quality surgical intervention for complicated repairs, as well as for women who have multiple previous failed repairs.

    Increased opportunities to train African medical professionals in the prevention, treatment, repair and post-operative care for women with fistula. This goal is not restricted to the Danja Fistula Center, but is intended to stretch to oteher training opportunities across Africa.

    The best cure for fistula is preventing a fistula from ever occurring. WFF will continue to work towards which goal by reaching out to women and communities with information and opportunities to provide safe birth options to women.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Not available.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.

service areas

International

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Blog

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Social Media

@worldwidefistulafund

@FistulaFund

@fistulafund

@worldwide_fistula_fund

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WORLDWIDE FISTULA FUND INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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WORLDWIDE FISTULA FUND INC

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Ms. Catherine Diebel

co-chief executive

Wendy Weiser

BIO

Catherine Diebel is the Director of the Worldwide Fistula Fund. She previously directed programs and lectured on international law and policy, including international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and the laws protecting refugees and internally displaced people. She has extensive field experience in directing medical programs in conflict-affected and resource-poor settings in Africa and Asia, including Sudan, China, and Liberia. She spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in a remote area of eastern Morocco, followed by several years with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) directing programs involving treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS, kala azar, malaria, malnutrition, and other neglected diseases. She holds a Masters degree in International Management, and a Juris Doctor with a concentration in international and comparative law.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Nancy Muller

National Association for Continence

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