Charity of the week
Every year, between 50,000 to 100,000 women worldwide suffer from obstetric fistula, a tear between the birth canal and the rectum caused by prolonged labor. The opening results in constant incontinence, which causes the sufferer to be stigmatized. It primarily affects women in the poorest countries who do not have access to medical care. The Fistula Foundation (fistulafoundation.org) is dedicated to treating women in need by providing them with transportation to a medical facility, funding its trusted and skilled medical partners so women can receive surgery at no cost, training doctors and nurses to do the specialized treatment, and providing hospitals with the equipment to perform the surgery. Since 2000, the foundation has helped 4,100 women receive life-transforming surgeries.
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