The Fistula Foundation collaborates with HOPE Foundation for Women & Children in Southern Bangladesh.
The Fistula Foundation have been actively affiliated with HOPE Hospital in Cox’s Bazar from 2010, and pledged to raise $250,000 by September 30th, 2016, to build a 75-bed facility that could accommodate women who need imminent fistula care.
Child birth at home, often by untrained birth attendants, is the leading cause of women to suffer from obstetric fistula. Cox’s Bazar, in Southern Bangladesh, is considered to have the highest maternal mortality rate due to its local population living in poverty. Nine out of ten women give birth at home, which puts them at great risk of fistula.
Dr. Iftikher Mahmood shares his aspiring vision of giving back to his country to alleviate suffering and improve the health of mothers and children. He founded the Hope Hospital in 1999, which grew to be a major health care center in the district’s catchment area of over 200,000 people. Although the hospital provides a variety of care services, surgeries, research and education, it still lacks sufficient space to allocate an estimated 5,000 women currently living with fistula. As of the FY2016, the organization has raised $139,850 (according to their website), and needs further donations to complete the facility.
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