The Freedom From Fistula Foundation was established in the UK in 2008 by one of Great Britain’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 in North America. The U.S. charity was established in May 2011.

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.

Their 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.


Trustees UK

Ann Gloag OBE

Elizabeth Tinto

Lois Boyle


Board of Directors USA

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

Freedom From Fistula Foundation USVice-President / Marketing Director

New York, NY