Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is dedicated to the treatment and prevention of obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury.
In rural Ethiopia, many women have little or no access to medical care during childbirth. If labour becomes obstructed, they can be left in agonising labour for days. They almost always lose their baby and many are left with a fistula, causing permanent incontinence. Pushed to the edge of society, these women are among the most marginalised in the world. At Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, women receive free surgery, counselling, physiotherapy and loving care.
Founded by Drs Catherine and Reg Hamlin in 1974, the organisation is now a healthcare network of 550 staff servicing six hospitals, a rehabilitation centre, and the Hamlin College of Midwives.
Over 45,000 women have received free treatment and the network operates purely on philanthropic donations.