Reduce the prevalence of obstetric fistula in Africa, by improving conditions for childbirth and through surgical treatment.


  • TO DEVELOP awareness and prevention programs to reduce the incidence of fistula.
  • TO OFFER medical and surgical treatment to women living with obstetric fistula.
  • TO ASSIST in the physical, psychological and social rehabilitation of women who have been treated for obstetrical fistula.
  • TO PROVIDE training to African and Canadian healthcare professionals in order to reduce maternal mortality and to treat fistula.
  • TO INCREASE awareness in Canada about maternal health issues in African countries.

SEE OUR STRATEGIC PLAN 2017-2022 HERE (link to the French version)


Obstetric fistula is caused by a lack of proper obstetric care during difficult, prolonged labour and childbirth. It is an abnormal communication between the vagina and the bladder and/or rectum, causing urinary or fecal incontinence.

It is estimated that there are approximately two million cases of fistula worldwide. Over 50,000 new cases occur each year specifically in Africa.