Commitment to Action

Joy Out of Sorrow - Healing Women with Obstetric Fistula

Commitment by

Johnson & Johnson

In 2013, Johnson & Johnson committed to donating surgical sutures over 3 years to support approximately 15,000 fistula surgeries each year. An estimated 2 to 3 million women and girls in developing countries are living with obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury resulting from prolonged labor and often an unviable birth. Severe consequences include a constant leakage or urine and fecal matter and often ostracization from society. Despite the relative ease and success of the surgery, most afflicted women cannot afford or do not have access to the surgery. Through this commitment, Johnson & Johnson aims to increase the availability of sutures for fistula surgeries by effectively reducing the cost of such procedures, providing the sutures for up to 80% of the women who are healed through fistula surgery each year.





Joy Out of Sorrow - Healing Women with Obstetric Fistula



Est. Duration

2 years

Estimated Total Value



Northern America, Asia, Africa

Commitment by

Johnson & Johnson

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Fistula Foundation, Mercy Ships, United Nations Population Fund, Americares Foundation, Inc., Direct Relief International