Ethiopia celebrates 100 years since Catherine was born

On 24 January 2024, our global Hamlin family came together to celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of Dr Catherine Hamlin, a truly inspirational humanitarian.

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia led the festivities at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.

They were joined by Catherine’s nieces and nephew, the Board and staff of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, international funding partners, patients and students from the Hamlin College of Midwives, alongside local and international dignitaries including the Australia Ambassador for Ethiopia, Julia Nisbett.

There were heartfelt speeches about the impact of Catherine’s unrivalled dedication and pioneering work for Ethiopian women and maternal healthcare. A special memorial service and candle-lighting ceremony were held, followed by tributes from local dignitaries.

A specially commissioned new tribute song to Catherine was performed and a delicious birthday cake was enjoyed by guests.

Catherine’s dedication and selflessness inspires all of us who continue to work towards her vision of a fistula-free Ethiopia.

Visit hamlin.org.au/catherine-song to listen to the beautiful tribute song performed by the Addis Ababa University’s Cultural Department.

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