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Continue Catherine’s dream of ensuring the health and dignity of mothers from preventable and treatable childbirth injuries.

We’ve restored dignity to over 50,000 women.

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is an organisation dedicated to restoring the health and dignity of women who have survived horrendous – and preventable – childbirth injuries: obstetric fistulas.

Founded over 50 years ago by doctors Catherine and Reg Hamlin, these two surgical pioneers remained in Ethiopia following their initial three-year posting to continue treating the most marginalised women: those who have suffered an obstetric fistula, an internal injury caused by an obstructed childbirth, which leaves them incontinent, and humiliated with a horrible lingering odour.

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These injuries are entirely preventable – in fact, obstetric fistulas are virtually a thing of the past in western countries. But in rural Ethiopia, where women have little or no access to maternal healthcare, they will be in agonising labour for days if their birth is obstructed. They almost always lose their baby and suffer unimaginably horrific internal damage that leaves them leaking urine, faeces, and sometimes both.

If that wasn’t traumatic enough, these women are isolated and pushed to the edge of their society – forgotten and invisible.

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia works to mend this trauma, healing these women through surgery, rehabilitation and counselling – so they can be whole again.

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With the right access to maternal healthcare, these debilitating childbirth injuries are entirely preventable. In fact, in western countries, obstetric fistulas are virtually a thing of the past.

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But in rural Ethiopia, where women have little or no access to maternal healthcare, they will be in agonising labour for days if their birth is obstructed. They almost always lose their baby and suffer unimaginably horrific internal damage that leaves them leaking urine, faeces and sometimes both.

$50

Physiotherapy

$50 could provide long-term physiotherapy
for one patient.

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$120

Nutrition

$120 could provide nutritious food
for three patients during their stay.

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$600

Fistula surgery

$600 could pay for one fistula operation
and change a woman’s life.

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We believe in a world where all women are able to deliver their babies safely and where childbirth injuries are a thing of the past.