SUPPORT FOR WOMEN WITH OBSTETRIC FISTULA PROJECT

Burkina Faso: in activity

Fistula is a disease that excludes women from society. By supporting the Rama Foundation and MMS, SEMAFO Foundation helps restore physical integrity and dignity to many women, ensuring their social reintegration.

Although it affects 3 million women in the world, obstetric fistula remains relatively unknown. In developing countries, it is the most common non-fatal complication after childbirth. A fistula develops after experiencing early sexual intercourse, rape, female genital mutilation as excision and / or prolonged labor without medical assistance, which is why this phenomenon is so rare in developed countries. These situations can cause serious damage to the bladder, vagina and / or rectum, causing urinary and / or fecal incontinence.

Beyond the impact on the health and hygiene of women inflicted, they are often rejected by their family and experience significant stigma because of their smell and their difficulty in finding work. Shame often keeps them from asking for help. Rapid medical intervention is very effective, and reconstructive surgery allows many women to regain control over their bowel functions and return to normal life.

SEMAFO Foundation supports the Rama Foundation, which helps women with obstetric fistula, through material donations (incontinence diapers, towels, hospital beds, etc.) as well as a contributing financially to their project of establishing clinics with operating facilities (financed one bore hole).

SEMAFO Foundation also supports MMS Foundation (Mothers of a Healthy World) through Dr. Corcos who performs reconstructive surgery on women living with obstetric fistula complications.

In short


  • Donations to RAMA Foundation (2017-2018)
  • Organisation of 2e pan-African congress on obstetric fistula (2017-2018)
  • Support and sponsor of the 2nd congress on obstetric fistula (2016-2017)
  • Food donations (2016-2017)
  • $678 (300,000 FCFA) of income for the sale of soap made by women (2016-2017)
  • Food donations (2015-2016)
  • Every year, 150 women contact the Rama Foundation in order to receive services, but only 80 of them can be helped, because budgets are tight
  • 2015 – Repair of all electrical installation and air conditioners in the operating room of the hospital Boromo
  • 2014 – Support for the MMS Foundation
  • In 2014, Foundation SEMAFO offered training in soap manufacturing to women from the Rama Foundation Center. In so doing, it not only generates income for the center’s operation, but also helps integrate women into their community
  • In 2006, 74% of women in Burkina Faso were excised
  • In Burkina Faso, female genital mutilation has been prohibited by law since 1996.

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