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Who we are

Freedom From Fistula was established in May 2008 by one of the UK’s most successful business leaders, Ann Gloag OBE, co-founder of the international transport group Stagecoach plc – owners of Coach USA, Gray Line New York Sightseeing and megabus.com in North America.

The charity is dedicated to helping women and girls who are injured and left incontinent following prolonged, obstructed childbirth – by providing free surgical repairs for patients already suffering with fistula, as well as maternity care to prevent fistulas from happening at all.

Our three main projects are in Sierra Leone, Malawi and Kenya and more than 90% of our staff are nationals who are supported by international staff and volunteers where necessary.

The charity’s international Ambassadors include the former President of Malawi, Dr Joyce Banda, and the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

Board of Directors

Ann Gloag OBE
Founder, Freedom From Fistula Foundation
Co-founder, Stagecoach Group plc

John Paul Ketels
Clifford Chance - Senior Partner (Retired)
Washington, DC

Christina Kirshbaum
Freedom From Fistula Foundation- Director
New York, NY

Ashley S. Roman, MD, MPH
Director, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
NYU Langone Medical Center

Dorthe Tate
Vice-President / Marketing Director-NY