The Uganda Fistula Fund

The Uganda Fistula Fund

by | March 21st, 2017

The Uganda Fistula Fund brings hope to thousands of women

Like the majority of American women, you have probably never heard of an obstetric fistula; that’s because they have been virtually non-existent in this country since the early 1900s. It is a devastating childbirth complication that leaves women with a hole between the vagina and rectum or bladder.

In Uganda, Africa, on the other hand, approximately 1900 women develop the problem annually, and that’s where the Uganda Fistula Fund comes in.

The Uganda Fistula Fund will build a dedicated fistula hospital

Dr. Karen Swenson, one of our caring obgyns, brought this wonderful organization to our attention, and we thought our patients might want to learn more about it. The Uganda Fistula Fund has this mission:

“To support quality surgical treatment and social reintegration to thousands of Ugandan women suffering from obstetric fistula.”1

Part of that mission involves building a hospital in Soroti, Uganda. This would enable organizers to provide life-changing surgical treatment to 1000 women annually. In addition, they will be able to provide pre- and post-surgical care, as well as counseling. These women also need help reintegrating back into their communities from which they have been isolated and ostracized.

How untreated fistulas impact Ugandan women

If you would like to learn more about our sisters in Africa and how the Uganda Fistula Fund helps, visit:

In remote Uganda, when a woman is trying to give birth, but the process is obstructed, she often develops a fistula. Medical intervention such as a C-section is rarely available. Often, she also loses her baby or even her own life in the process. After this trauma and pain, she then has to live with an untreated fistula. This involves chronic incontinence, which can lead to skin infections, kidney problems and eventually even death. The Uganda Fistula Fund will address these physical issues, as well as devastating social implications.

Our Austin obgyns take an active interest in women’s health, and our caring extends beyond our own community. Contact us if you need an appointment or information about women’s health.


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Five board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologists, a certified Nurse Midwife, a Nurse Practitioner offering women's health care services. (Austin, TX)

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