Haven Vesicovaginal Fistula Foundation (HVVFF), is an initiative focused on providing corrective surgeries, post-surgical treatment, Psychological counseling and other support services for women living in Africa that are affected by Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF). At HVVFF, we provide the VVF woman with tools to deal with VVF, which can eliminate or minimize some (if not all) negative effects associated with the condition. Reducing or eliminating these effects will improve women’s lives.

Our goal is to progressively address many, if not all, issues surrounding VVF women in Africa. Some of our services include but are not limited to, enrolling such women in an empowerment program designed to teach skills for sustainable livelihoods and appropriate techniques after surgery and recovery.

Haven Vesicovaginal Fistula Foundation is a 501(C)(3) organization and your gifts are tax deductible.

Haven Vesicovaginal Fistula Foundation


About VVF

“Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) is still a major cause for concern in many developing countries. It represents a significant morbidity in female urology. Continual wetness, odor, and discomfort cause serious social problems. The diagnosis of the condition has traditionally been based on clinical methods and dye testing. A successful repair of such fistulas requires an accurate diagnostic evaluation and timely repair using procedures that exploit basic surgical principles and the application of interposition flaps. The method of closure depends on the surgeon’s training and experience. The main complication of VVF surgery is recurrent fistula formation.”

According to NIH, estimates suggest that at least three million women in poor countries have unrepaired VVFs, and that 30,000–130,000 new cases develop each year in Africa alone..

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What are Signs and symptoms of VVF?

Signs and symptoms
  • Flatulence, urinary incontinence, or fecal incontinence, which may be continual or only happen at night.
  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge.
  • Repeated vaginal or urinary tract infections.
  • Irritation or pain in the vagina or surrounding areas.
  • Pain during sexual activity.

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