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Sekina, a Hamlin patient at Harar Fistula Hospital

Sekina’s Story: Between life and death

Sekina has experienced heartbreaking loss and isolation. Thanks to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s holistic approach to obstetric fistula treatment, Sekina has also been able to experience the joy of dryness and the dignity of having her health restored. Today, she is ready to rebuild her life with optimism and gratitude. Life before fistula Growing up, Sekina’s […]...

May 26th, 2021 Read More
International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula – IDEOF 2021

As we mark International Day to End Obstetric Fistula (IDEOF), the team at Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation is reflecting on the state of obstetric fistula in Ethiopia and the progress made over the past 62 years to eradicate fistula. Forever. Over 60,000 women have been successfully treated at Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital and its […]...

May 10th, 2021 Read More

Meet Amina, Fistula Patient at Hamlin’s Harar Fistula Hospital

Name: Amina Edris Age: 60 (estimated) Home village: Guba Koricha, 300 kilometres west of Harar Arrival date: Late-February, 2021 The horrific injury of obstetric fistula stole Amina’s health and happiness. Thanks to Hamlin’s Patient Identification Program, she has been given a second chance at a happy and healthy life. Amina lived a simple, happy life with her three kids […]...

April 29th, 2021 Read More

Meet Mohammed, Hamlin Patient Identification Officer

Name: Mohammed Amin Ahmed Job: Hamlin Patient Identification Officer Distance travelled: Hundreds of kilometres every week Mohammed has travelled hundreds of kilometres to find women hidden with the shame of obstetric fistula. As a Hamlin Patient Identification Officer, he has seen first-hand the heart-breaking impact of fistula, and he knows the challenges of getting treatment.“Many women living with […]...

April 29th, 2021 Read More

COVID-19 and Maternal Health, One Year On

Since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the world has seen an unprecedented strain on health care systems. As we progress through the pandemic, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is working harder than ever to progress in our fight to end obstetric fistula, forever. Last year, we closely considered COVID-19’s impact on maternal health […]...

April 29th, 2021 Read More

Celebrating A Life Extraordinary

The Catherine Hamlin Celebration Dinner Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Catherine Hamlin Celebration Dinner at Doltone House in Sydney on 18th March, 2021. It as an incredible evening and a wonderful celebration of Dr Catherine Hamlin, showcasing her six decades of care and dedication to the women of Ethiopia. Catherine was […]...

April 15th, 2021 Read More

Celebrating – and Continuing – Catherine Hamlin’s Life’s Work

A message from Carolyn Hardy; Chief Executive Officer, Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation: As we celebrated Dr Catherine Hamlin’s extraordinary life last month, we reflected on the many measures of her incredible impact over the past six decades. The most important is the 60,000 women’s lives transformed by Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia and the declining rate of […]...

April 15th, 2021 Read More

A New Start for Fatuma

Fatuma grew up surrounded by farms and mountains. In her small rural town of Gursum in Eastern Ethiopia, agriculture is the only source of income for families like hers. Tragically, Fatuma’s geographic isolation was also the cause of her obstetric fistula injury. Through the Hamlin Model of Care, Fatuma was able to undergo fistula repair […]...

March 18th, 2021 Read More

International Women’s Day 2021: Empowering Leaders

For this year’s International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the inspiring women who are building a more equitable and safer world. Notably, we are choosing to spotlight women who inspire and support other women to rebuild and lead, as well as those women who are emerging as leaders in their communities. From inspiring patients to […]...

February 23rd, 2021 Read More

Catherine Hamlin: Inspiring Girls in STEM for Generations

Awareness of the need to increase the representation and advocacy of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has grown over the past decade. The push to encourage women into studying and pursuing careers in STEM fields is the result of the significant gender inequities found in those fields. One of the best ways […]...

February 18th, 2021 Read More

What is the Hamlin Model of Care?

“We don’t just treat the hole in the bladder, we treat the whole patient with love and tender care, literacy and numeracy classes, a brand-new dress and money to travel home.” – Dr Catherine Hamlin The Hamlin Model of Care is the world’s leading approach to treating obstetric fistula injuries. It considers both the physical […]...

February 18th, 2021 Read More