Project #2017

Fistula Repair Surgery for 37 Women in Ghana

by Pathfinder International


This project will provide repair surgery for 37 women suffering from obstetric fistula in rural regions of Northern Ghana.
total raised
monthly donors
years active


Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal, caused during childbirth when emergency obstetric care is unavailable for women who experience complications. Resulting in debilitating incontinence and, usually, a stillborn child, the mother is often ostracized by her husband and family. This condition is easily treatable in most cases, but because of poverty and lack of social support, women in the rural regions of Northern Ghana are unable to travel the long distances to access services.


We will conduct outreach visits to Northern Ghana, where physicians will assess women suffering from obstetric fistula. Then patients will be transported to project hospitals, where they will receive repair surgery and post-operative care.

Long-Term Impact

Having been outcast for their condition, this project will allow 37 women to lead healthy and fulfilled lives by providing repair surgery. They will again be able to contribute to their families’ livelihoods and be productive members of society.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Organization Information

Pathfinder International

Location: Watertown, MA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Erin Majernik
Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations
Watertown, MA United States

Retired Project!

This project is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?

Find another project in Ghana or in Health that needs your help.
Find a Project

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.