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Celebrating Hamlin Midwives on International Day of the Midwife 2022

Today, 5th May, is the International Day of the Midwife and 2022 marks the 100 year anniversary of the International Confederation of Midwives! For the Hamlin Team, International Day of the Midwife 2022 is an opportunity to celebrate the incredible work that Hamlin Midwives do every day. Each week, approximately 430 babies are delivered at […]...

May 5th, 2022 Read More

How Zigiju Regained Her Strength

Zigiju had an active childhood looking after her family’s livestock. Raised in an isolated rural village in the Amhara region of Ethiopia, Zigiju would walk for kilometres to the nearest river to bring water back to her family. She never could have imagined that as an adult, obstetric fistula, a preventable childbirth injury, would confine […]...

March 14th, 2022 Read More
International Women's Day 2022: Break the bias on fistula

International Women’s Day 2022: Break the bias on fistula

As part of International Women’s Day 2022, Hamlin is reflecting on the importance of breaking the bias that obstetric fistula patients face. We want to see a world free of stereotypes and discrimination. A world where access to equitable and holistic healthcare empowers women to determine their own futures. International Women’s Day 2022 The theme […]...

March 4th, 2022 Read More
Zemzem outside, beaming

From Heartbreak to Hope: Zemzem’s Journey

An obstetric fistula injury nearly cost Zemzem her life. For over a decade, she felt ashamed and alone – until she underwent treatment at Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.  Rural and remote: Zemzem’s life before fistula Zemzem’s village is nestled in the mountains of the Amhara region in northern Ethiopia. To access basic services – […]...

February 17th, 2022 Read More

Save the Date for the Catherine Hamlin Celebration Dinner!

The Catherine Hamlin Celebration Dinner returns Following the success of Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation’s inaugural Catherine Hamlin Celebration Dinner last year, we are thrilled to host this special event again in March this year. We will be celebrating Dr Catherine Hamlin’s extraordinary life and enduring legacy. Catherine made such an impact on the lives of […]...

January 4th, 2022 Read More

Hamlin’s Prevention Program FY21

“Midwifery, I believe, is the answer – to put a well-trained midwife in every village would soon eradicate obstetric fistula.” – Dr Catherine Hamlin Fistula prevention in FY21 Hamlin Midwives play an essential role in preventing obstetric fistula injuries and saving the lives of hundreds of mothers and babies every year. Based in more than […]...

December 20th, 2021 Read More

Hamlin’s Rehabilitation and Reintegration Program FY21

“They are all precious to me. For every patient that comes to us we try to give them all the love, care and expertise that we have to help them to get better and back to a normal life.” – Dr Catherine Hamlin Rehabilitation and reintegration in FY21 The team at Hamlin’s Rehabilitation and Reintegration […]...

December 20th, 2021 Read More

Hamlin’s Treatment Program FY21

“To be able to train dedicated young doctors and midwives is marvellous for me and my loyal staff, especially as they become enthusiastic about helping these poor women. It gives me confidence that the eradication of obstetric fistula can be achieved.” – Dr Catherine Hamlin Treatment in FY21 The physical and psychological consequences of obstetric […]...

December 20th, 2021 Read More

A Thank You Message from our CEO and Board

A heartfelt thanks The last 12 months have been challenging and through it all our team at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia continued to work towards Dr Catherine Hamlin’s vision of eradicating obstetric fistula in Ethiopia, providing surgical treatment and care for the world’s most vulnerable women. Thank you for supporting them. You reached deep and showed […]...

December 20th, 2021 Read More

Midwifery Student Rahmet is Learning How to Prevent Fistulas

For the past four years, Rahmet has been learning how to deliver babies and manage maternal health for women in remote Ethiopian communities. In the process, she has been learning how to save lives and prevent obstetric fistula injuries. Rahmet is now in the final year of her Bachelor of Science in Midwifery degree and […]...

December 6th, 2021 Read More

Five Days Without a Midwife: Almaz’s story

Five days. For five perilous days, Almaz endured an obstructed labour in her small Ethiopian village without a midwife. Without appropriate medical care, Almaz’s condition seriously deteriorated, and led to her suffering an obstetric fistula injury. The devastating impact of those five days without a midwife would be felt for ten long years. A life […]...

November 22nd, 2021 Read More