Health—General & Rehabilitative

Worldwide Fistula Fund

Healing Women, Restoring Lives

Schaumburg, IL

Mission

Worldwide Fistula Fund is a nonprofit maternal health organization helping girls and women with childbirth injuries such as obstetric fistula to recover and build new lives. Working with local partners in sub-Saharan Africa, WFF provides girls and women surgical care, rehabilitation, literacy & vocational classes, and trains African doctors in childbirth injury prevention & treatment. We are the oldest organization in the United States serving women and girls with obstetric fistula.

Ruling Year

2003

Executive Director

Soja Orlwoski

Main Address

Two Woodfield Lake 1100 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 350

Schaumburg, IL 60173 USA

Keywords

Fistula, Childbirth Injury, Economic Empowerment, Maternal Health, Prevention, Partnership

EIN

30-0139210

 Number

3815283234

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health Support Services (E60)

Specifically Named Diseases (G80)

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A woman with obstetric fistula leaks urine or feces uncontrollably. Fistula usually occurs after a woman suffers through 2 or more days of obstructed labor. Pressure from the baby kills soft tissue, creating a hole between her vagina and bladder or rectum that leaks uncontrollably. The baby usually dies, and her foul odor leaves her isolated from others. Obstetric fistula is preventable and treatable. There are 2 million women and girls currently suffering, and nearly 100,000 more women are injured every year. A woman with pelvic organ prolapse may struggle to perform daily activities such as walking or sitting. She develops POP from multiple difficult labors. Over time, muscles supporting her pelvic organs weaken. The organs drop, push against her vagina and sometimes fall out. She is in pain and embarrassed. She may be shunned by others. POP is preventable and treatable with surgery. In 3 regions of Ethiopia alone, it is estimated over 250,000 women suffer from POP.

Our programs

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

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Danja Fistula Center

Mekelle University Capacity Building

Holistic Care in Burkina Faso

Let's End Fistula in Kenya

Healing Women in Uganda

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Number of clients who complete job skills training

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

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Context notes

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.

Number of medical professionals and advocates trained

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

In order to help prevent childbirth injuries, WFF provides medical professionals with enhanced training and community members with advocacy training.

Number of life-changing surgeries provided

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Women receive life-changing surgery that restores their lives. WFF transports survivors to surgery performed by expert fistula surgeons and provides recovery and ongoing support services.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our mission is to protect and restore the health and dignity of the world’s most vulnerable women by preventing and treating devastating childbirth injuries.

1. WFF offers comprehensive services to women suffering from childbirth injuries: life-changing surgery, individualized recovery plans and rehabilitation, and literacy education and vocational training. 2. WFF invests in programs to prevent more women from developing injuries. WFF provides enhanced education to local medical professionals and offers advocacy and awareness training to community members. 3. WFF strategically partners with local leaders and organizations in low-resource countries to increase capacity to address women's health care needs.

In addition to our three strategies above, WFF's capabilities include continuing to diversify our revenue sources through strategic grant seeking, individual donor programs, annual giving campaigns, and major donor cultivation. We continue to expand our Board of Directors as they deepen their commitment to our mission. WFF raises 100% of revenues from private donations and nearly 82% from individuals; Program costs represent 78% percent of our expenses (2016 Audit).

WFF tracks progress and the success of our services through consistent monitoring and quarterly reports provided to WFF's Executive Director. These reports include client/survivor outputs data on surgical success, graduation from reintegration education and prevention training programs. WFF additionally seeks to fund new client research that tracks patient outcomes by combining existing client data with community surveys and in-depth interviews to evaluate how fistula treatment and reintegration training impact clients' lives since returning to their communities.

2012: WFF opens a new fistula hospital, the Danja Fistula Center in Niger with operational partner, SIM 2013: WFF opens the Women's Empowerment Center in Uganda 2013: WFF launchs the Mekelle Medical Education Collaboration (MMEC) at Mekelle University in Ethiopia to train medical students and doctors 2016: WFF launches Ethiopia’s first Urogynecology Fellowship Program in partnership with Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, Mekelle University, and St. Paul’s Millennium Medical School 2017: Holistic services launch in Burkina Faso with free surgery and empowerment training 2017: TERREWODE, WFF's longtime partner in Uganda, awarded $675,000 grant to help triple the number of women treated there 2017: Danja Fistula Center, Niger hosts national fistula camp and called, "best fistula facility in country" 2018: WFF joins forces with fistula organization, One By One, expands to Kenya 2018: Critical care training launches in Ethiopia to support complex surgeries/deliveries

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

African

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