Category: Our Stories

Fetenech’s New Lease on Life

In the 60 years since she first arrived in Ethiopia, Dr Catherine Hamlin and her team have treated over 60,000 women to repair their fistula injuries; the healing however, does not end there. Central to the Hamlin Model of Care is the provision of compassionate and complete care through rehabilitation. Fetenech’s story proves the power […]...

June 3rd, 2019 Read More

From a nightmare to a new life

Aregu’s story Aregu lives in a village called Oromiya. Her community is traditionally known for their nomadic lifestyle and as such her village is both remote and extremely small, consisting of just a few scattered huts with no access to health services. At 17, Aregu became pregnant with her first child. This was an exciting […]...

March 14th, 2017 Read More

Magical Mamitu

“If you have no leg, you can go with a crutch. If you are blind, somebody to help you around. For fistula, this is worse. Family, father, brother, mum, they can’t help but the patient themselves. This is myself, with my mother and sister, I would be ashamed, because when I get up, there might […]...

February 28th, 2017 Read More

Aye and Fikre start their family

Aye married her husband Fikre at 16. They both enjoyed life and were really excited to start a family. But when Aye was pregnant with her first child, she went into labour at home with no trained birth attendant to help. After four days of obstructed labour her baby had still not arrived. At the […]...

September 22nd, 2016 Read More

The joy of motherhood

My name is Amaresh and I think I am 28. My village is in the far remote countryside, three hours walk from the road. My family gets a small income from farming. I help my husband in the field and manage our home. One year after I got married, I was pregnant with my first […]...

September 22nd, 2016 Read More

35 years with a fistula: Eshe’s story

“Death is more preferable than such a tragic life. I had tried to commit suicide many times, but I used to be too weak even for that.” – Eshe Eshe is from an isolated village in the North of Ethiopia. At 16, she married a local farmer and dreamt of having a big family. But […]...

September 22nd, 2016 Read More

Alemtsehay once hoped for death. Thanks to you, she’s now a happy mother.

We believe every mother should be able to deliver her baby safely and without harm. Sadly, this was not Alemtsehay’s reality. Alemtsehay is from a small village in the remote countryside with no access to a healthcare facility. With her first pregnancy, in 2007, she laboured at home for seven days. On the seventh day […]...

September 21st, 2016 Read More

From patient to entrepreneur – How you’re changing lives

We believe in a world where all women are able to deliver their baby safely and where childbirth injuries are a thing of the past. Tragically, this was not Semira’s world. Semira grew up in the Amhara region, a rural area in Northern Ethiopia. She first became pregnant when she was 17 years old. It […]...

July 8th, 2016 Read More

Dr Hamlin changing the lives of women in Ethiopia

Published in the Daily Telegraph, 27/01/2016. Story by Angela Saurine. Dr Hamlin changing the lives of poor women ostracised by obstetric fistula in Ethiopia With Caesareans not readily accessible in rural Ethiopia, she was in labour for several days before friends and relatives tried to carry her on a makeshift wooden stretcher to a faraway […]...

July 7th, 2016 Read More

Nick Kristof on women with obstetric fistulas

Published in the New York Times, 19/03/16. Story by Nick Kristof. In March, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia was covered by one of the world’s most respected humanitarian commentators, Nick Kristof from the New York Times, in his article ‘The World’s Modern-Day Lepers: Women With Fistulas’. Nick travelled to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia and […]...

July 7th, 2016 Read More