Who we are
Bashir Fistula Foundation
Bashir Fistula Foundation (BFF) is a non-governmental organization founded in 2018 with the vision to improve the reproductive health and right of women in Nigeria whilst eliminating maternal mortalities and morbidities (Obstetric Fistula). The Organization was registered with the Corporate Affairs Corporation on 7th November 2018.
Its core mission is to reawaken awareness on Sexual Reproductive Health and Right (SRHR), Maternal Health and Obstetric Fistula by improving and influencing the sustainability of the physical, mental, emotional, and social health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period.
The inspiration to establish Bashir Fistula Foundation came while the founder (Barakat Adewale) was doing her Master of Public Health at OAU, Ile-Ife and was searching for a thesis topic when she came across obstetric fistula, a condition she never knew existed. It was during her thesis, she met victims of fistula at the Hajiya Gambo Sawaba General Hospital, Zaria. Most were separated or divorced by their husbands and even abandoned by family members and could barely feed themselves. Alongside the co-founders (Ibukun Ogundare and Mubarak Adewale), they started the Organization to be the support system for these abandoned women.
The organization has an advisory board as its backbone, in persons of Prof. Adesegun Fatusi (Vice-Chancellor, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, Ondo State), Professor O. A. Esimai (A professor of Public Health in Obafemi Awolowo University [OAU]) and Prof. K.T. Ijadunola (Provost, College of Health Sciences, OAU).
The Organization has thrived with the support of online donors, family, friends, and selfless volunteers that have contributed immensely to the success story so far.
How we work
Our management and operations are handled by public health professionals and professionals for other fields of expertise. Also with passionate volunteers working tirelessly to achieve the goal of the organization and drive massive impact to be felt in the public health niche.