Dr Catherine Hamlin AC
Dr Catherine Hamlin was an Australian obstetrician-gynaecologist who went to Ethiopia over 60 years ago to train midwives with her husband Dr Reg Hamlin. Their attention soon turned to the plight of the obstetric fistula patients. Together, the Hamlins perfected the modern technique for obstetric fistula surgery and set up a network of hospitals in Ethiopia to help these women. So far, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia has helped more than 60,000 women.
Dr Catherine Hamlin passed away in March 2020, at age 96. She was a Companion of the Order of Australia and was twice-nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr Ephrem Teckle Lemango
Chair, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia
Dr Ephrem has a medical degree from Addis Ababa University and a strong background in Public Health Policy and Management. He is the Executive Director at the International Institute for Primary Health Care – Ethiopia. Prior to that he was Director, Maternal and Child Health at Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health. Ephrem was appointed to the Board in 2015.
Dr Yigeremu Abebe Asemere
Deputy Chair & Director, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia
Dr Yigeremu has a medical degree and a postgraduate diploma in internal medicine from the Addis Ababa University. He worked as a general practitioner whilst completing his postgraduate diploma. Since 2006 he has been the Country Director in Ethiopia for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) leading a large program combat HIV/AIDS and other preventable and treatable diseases in Ethiopia. Yigeremu was appointed to the Board in 2015.
Dr Mengistu Asnake
Director, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia
Dr Mengistu has a medical degree from Gondar College of Medical Sciences. He is a Public Health specialist with more than 28 years of experience in reproductive health, primary health care, child survival, community health services, program management and clinical service delivery. Mengistu currently serves as the country director Pathfinder International in Ethiopia. Pathfinder is one of the largest maternal health NGOs in the world and their program in Ethiopia is extensive. Mengistu was appointed to the Board in 2015.
Ms Wuleta Betemariam
Director, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia
Ms Wuleta Betemariam holds a Masters Degree in Public Health and Public Policy from the University of Michigan and has 20 years of experience in providing strategic leadership for public health programs globally and is currently the Project Director of the Last Ten Kilometers Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Formerly Ms Betemariam has worked for EngenderHealth globally and established their presence in Ethiopia and well as the Sudan and was country director for both. She has also had extensive experience as technical advisor to USAID’s Population, Health and Nutrition Office. Wuleta was appointed to the Board in 2015.
Chief Executive Officer
Ato Tesfaye brings over 20 years of experience in government and non-government organisations to his role. Tesfaye leads Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s operational and programmatic deliveries with the Senior Management Team. He commenced as Deputy CEO in 2018 and CEO in 2019. Tesfaye has a strong vision for the future of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.
Yeshineh Demrew Yigezu
After graduating from Gondar College of Medical Sciences in 1987, Dr. Yeshineh served as a general practitioner, district health manager and head of health programs division, Assosa Health Bureau. He then graduated from the medical faculty at Addis Ababa University as an obstetrician and gynecologist in 1997. For the next seventeen years he served as an obstetrician and gynecologist in Oromia region (Hagere-Mariam and Mettu Karl Hospital) and a private hospital in the capital. During his stay at Mettu he worked as medical director and fistula surgeon at Hamlin’s Mettu Fistula Hospital for three years. He joined the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital as an expert obstetrician-gynecologist and fistula surgeon in 2015. Currently he is a senior fellow in urogynecology, College of Health Sciences, Mekelle University.
Ms Tigist Aman
Rehabilitation and Reintegration Manager
Tigist has a BA in Educational Planning and Management; MA in Educational Leadership and Management and 22 years experience working in the humanitarian sector. She has been with Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia since 2009 as adult & non-formal education facilitator & learning coordinator. In her role as Rehabilitation and Reintegration Manager, she has been empowering patients to help them enhance their self-esteem, contribute in their communities and be self-sufficient to beat-up poverty.
Dean of Hamlin College of Midwives & Prevention Manager
Ato Zelalem has a Bachelor of Nursing and a Masters in International Community Medicine. He joined Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia in December 2012 and is responsible for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s prevention strategy. He is a passionate advocate for both current students and graduates, ensuring that all Hamlin midwives have the support they need to undertake their important work. Ato Zelalem also leads Hamlin’s Patient Identification Program. This program commenced in 2020 and is working to locate women suffering with untreated fistula injuries across remote areas of Ethiopia and connect them with life-changing treatment.