Our Credo

Our credo guides how we act, and explains why we do what we do.

We believe that no woman should lead a life of misery simply for trying to bring a child into the world.

And we dream of a world where women and girls will have the same opportunity for a healthy future as men and boys.

We know that too many poor women give birth without access to critical obstetric care. Too often, these women suffer devastating childbirth injuries, such as fistula, that leave them incontinent and outcast from their communities.

We serve as an essential bridge between women who suffer needlessly and selfless people who want to help them. Across that bridge flow resources to doctors who perform life-transforming surgery and to outreach workers who connect women with the treatment that they deserve.

We recognize that our hospital partners in Africa and Asia know best what will work in their communities. Humility and wisdom demand that we listen to them.

We celebrate the dedicated surgeons and nurses who make miracles of hope and healing happen every day, and collaborate with them to ensure that women receive high-quality care.

We are ever grateful to our supporters and treasure the trust that they place in us. We are committed to using their hard-earned money effectively and efficiently to help women reclaim their lives.

We embrace diversity in all aspects of our work. Only by collaborating with people from a wide range of backgrounds and with a rich variety of experiences can we maximize our potential to transform women’s lives.

We understand that failure is always part of success, and we learn from our mistakes and grow stronger because of them.

We strive every day to end the suffering of women injured in childbirth—and to ensure that no woman is left behind.


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