WFF: Healing Women with Prolapse in Ethiopia

WFF: Healing Women with Prolapse in Ethiopia

WFF’s newest program launched in 2016 trains Urogynecologists in Ethiopia at Mekelle University, the first program of its kind in the country.


Worldwide Fistula Fund (WFF) is a nonprofit global health organization helping girls and women with obstetric fistulas to heal, build new lives and rejoin the communities that once shunned them.

An obstetric fistula is a devastating childbirth injury sustained during prolonged, obstructed labor when a baby cannot fit through the mother’s birth canal. Pressure from obstructed labor destroys the tissue normally separating a mother’s vagina from her bladder or rectum, leaving a hole with continuous, uncontrollable leakage of urine or feces. A woman needs surgery to heal from an obstetric fistula.

Typically, women with fistulas are rejected by their husbands and communities. They live in isolation.

Working with local partners in sub-Saharan Africa, WFF provides girls and women surgical care, rehabilitation, literacy & vocational classes, and trains African doctors in fistula prevention & treatment. Founded in 1995, we are the oldest organization in the United States focused on obstetric fistula.