We exist to end Obstetric Fistula
Obstetric Fistula is the worst thing you’ve never heard of. In fact, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation quantifies it as among the world’s highest burden disabilities. If you have heard of obstetric fistula, you might be surprised to know that it presents the single greatest opportunity in global health.
We use tried and tested business methods
to end the injustice
Transform individual lives and change systems in the process
Fistula destroys lives. A simple surgery can bring a woman back from a fate many consider worse than death. It is also an indicator of gender inequity and systemic failure. Treating it in a data-rich way can guide targeted investment into systemic improvement that can affect millions.
Few have heard of fistula and even fewer get a proven treatment
Fistula receives very little attention from philanthropy. Funding is virtually non-existent, representing 0.07% of annual global health funding. Awareness is limited because the problem is very rare in the US and Europe. The result: 99% of women who get fistula will never have a chance at treatment.
This is a problem we can actually eradicate in the next few decades
Fistula offers a unique opportunity to end a terrible injustice. Around 1 million women have it and the number of new cases is declining as systems improve. These relatively small numbers mean we can eradicate this condition within several decades. We have a plan to end fistula by 2045.
African surgeons asked us for a solution
Funding doesn’t reach the people with the greatest needs. It also doesn’t get to the people doing the work. We gave grants to surgeons as they provided evidence of quality care. The results proved an innovative and cost-effective way to leverage funding.
We built a tool to bring measurement to care.
GOFER (the Global Obstetric Fistula Electronic Registry) is designed to document and improve every interaction between a patient and her care team across the continuum. We built it to help all other organizations. In addition to transforming our sector, we will also capture an unprecedented view of gender inequity from the systematic failures that produce the most marginalized women in the world.
The worst problem you’ve never heard of
This is a problem as old as time. It’s an incredible injustice that this tragedy still happens and that so few people have ever heard of it.
The biggest opportunity in global health
There is no shortage of important causes to support. But there are few opportunities to realize such a profound impact.