As a member of the Board of Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation and Co-Head of the Global Women and Newborn Health Group at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne, I understand and strongly support the crucial importance of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s continued efforts towards eradicating preventable childbirth injuries, including obstetric fistula, in Ethiopia. Every year, Hamlin Midwives save the lives of hundreds of women and babies in rural Ethiopia and prevent devastating childbirth injuries like obstetric fistula. They are the key to a safe delivery for every mother in Ethiopia.
– Professor Caroline Homer AO
We urgently need to train more students to complete a 4-year BSc degree in Midwifery at the Hamlin College of Midwives.
Every student is on a full Hamlin scholarship funded by generous supporters like you.
Will you make a generous donation this Christmas?
Hareg (above) graduated from the Hamlin College of Midwives in October 2023. She enjoyed learning how to care for mothers and their babies and is looking forward to serving women in her community back home.
Her exceptional training has given her the skills and confidence she needs to succeed.
Last year, there was not one maternal death in a clinic where a Hamlin Midwife was placed. They safely delivered 18,606 babies and prevented countless fistulas and neonatal deaths.
“Serving the childbearing mothers is not only important for the mother, it is also important for her family, for the society, and for the country at large, because women are the backbone.”– Hareg Gebrewahad, Hamlin Midwife graduate
Your tax-deductible Christmas gift will help to recruit and train more Hamlin Midwives and deploy them to Hamlin-supported midwifery clinics to ensure every woman has access to timely midwifery care.
With a Hamlin Midwife by her side, a woman and her baby are in safe hands.
This Christmas, together, we can make Catherine’s dream a reality – a midwife in every village of Ethiopia and a safe delivery for every mother.
Genet, like half of all the pregnant women in Ethiopia, experienced childbirth at home without a midwife to help her.
After enduring an agonising obstructed labour, Genet’s baby was stillborn. Three days later, leaking urine and faeces, she was told she had sustained a double obstetric fistula injury.
For almost three years, Genet hid in agony and shame.
If a Hamlin Midwife had been present, Genet’s suffering, grief and loneliness could have been prevented.
“The past two years was the most difficult time in life. I still feel the pain when thinking about it.”– Genet
No woman should suffer from preventable childbirth injuries. Will you make a generous donation this Christmas to give every mother a safe delivery?
Dr Catherine Hamlin
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