Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation
Our vision is simple: To eradicate obstetric fistula. Forever
Founded by Dr Catherine Hamlin, Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation is an independent charity established to raise funds and awareness for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia to eradicate obstetric fistula, and support partnership development. Dr Catherine Hamlin was our Founder and Patron. We exist to support her mission to eradicate fistula. Forever.
While the eradication of fistula in Ethiopia once seemed impossible, it is becoming a reality. This progress is thanks to a growing movement of generous supporters who are determined to Catherine’s vision come true.
You can meet our Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation Board & CEO here.
Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia
For more than six decades Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia has focussed on the treatment and prevention of one of the most horrific childbirth injuries – obstetric fistula.
Today, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is a healthcare network of over 550 Ethiopian staff servicing six hospitals, Desta Mender rehabilitation centre, the Hamlin College of Midwives and 90 Hamlin-supported midwifery clinics. Hamlin is the reference organisation and leader in the fight to eradicate obstetric fistula around the world, blazing a trail for holistic treatment and care that empowers women to reassert their humanity, secure their health and well-being, and regain their roles in their families and communities.
The work of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is only possible thanks to generous donors around the world. We won’t stop until fistula is eradicated. Forever.
You can meet the Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia Board & CEO here.
The Need in Ethiopia
According to UNFPA’s State of the World Population Report 2022, in Ethiopia 401 mothers die for every 100,000 births. In Australia, it is 6.
Over 50% of Ethiopian women give birth at home without access to a skilled birth attendant. In a country of 115 million people, the majority of whom live in rural areas, providing quality healthcare services remains a significant challenge.
Obstetric fistula is virtually a thing of the past in Australia. But in rural Ethiopia, where women have little or no access to maternal healthcare, they can be in agonising labour for days if their birth is obstructed. They almost always lose their baby (in 93% of cases) and suffer horrific internal damage that leaves them unable to control their body waste.
Often women are outcast by their family and community, condemned to a life of shame and social isolation.
No woman should have to suffer the pain and indignity of an obstetric fistula injury. The Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation is determined to find, treat, and care for women living with obstetric fistula injuries, who don’t know help is available.
Find our general brochure below.