Fistula Care

Freedom From Fistula (FFF) provides free fistula services in three countries - Sierra Leone, Malawi and Madagascar – where we are the only dedicated clinics providing fistula care.

In 2022 across all our projects, we performed 652 free fistula surgeries - 125 in Sierra Leone, 253 in Malawi and 274 in Madagascar, with a further 108 gynaecology surgeries healing women and girls.

Moving forward we aim to help 1000+ patients by providing fistula surgery, patient ambassador training, patient rehabilitation and family planning. Patients like Olga.

Olga's story

Marie Olga, (39) from Andasibe Vavatenina lived with fistula for 13 years.

During that long period, members of her own family looked down on her and she hid herself at home.  She was no longer able to attend local gatherings because she felt so unwell and the smell of her leaking urine was embarrassing. 

Fortunately, Olga heard about the free treatment at the Freedom From Fistula Centre.  At the same time a family member of a former patient spoke to Olga about Fistula, the care she could receive, and brought her to Tamatave to our clinic in Madagascar in July 2021.

Now that Olga is healed and free from fistula she wants to live a quiet life, no longer having to hide from the eyes of others.

Olga mentioned that she’s willing to speak to the women who suffer from fistula in their village to come to the Fistula Care Centre in Tamatave so they too can find healing and as a sign of thanks to the Doctor and whole team who supported her during her stay.

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Life after fistula

Surgical healing is just the first step in recovery. Economic empowerment is the ultimate path to a renewed life and brighter future for our patients.

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If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of a fistula surgery or to pay for a new outfit for one of our former patients for their celebratory leaving ceremony every £ helps.