A birthday, a boat and for many, a bright future! Join in our celebration and help make Catherine’s dream a reality.
2017 is off to a wonderful start as Dr Catherine Hamlin celebrates her 93rd birthday on the 24th of January.Â While this is an amazing milestone in itself – together – we also celebrate an acknowledgment of her achievements, with the unveiling of the â€˜Catherine Hamlinâ€™ ferry on Sydney Harbour!
Catherine, who still lives in a small cottage on the grounds of the hospital at Addis Ababa, has dedicated nearly 60 years of her life to a very clear goal – to eradicate the most horrific and preventable childbirth injury, obstetric fistula. Her dream is being realised through Hamlin Fistula Ethiopiaâ€™s holistic approach to healthcare, which focuses on our three key areas of treatment, prevention and rehabilitation (see below).
To help Catherine achieve this goal, you can purchase a gift from Catherine’s birthday wish list.Â These birthday gifts will raise much needed funds for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia to continue to provide life-changing treatment, rehabilitation and prevention, free of charge to patients. Together we can provide quality maternal healthcare and make obstetric fistula in Ethiopia a thing of the past.
There are sixÂ Hamlin hospitals established across Ethiopia to treat obstetric fistula injuries. These hospitals also provide a safe birthing facility where former patients can return for a clean, safe caesarean delivery, free of charge.
Today, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is fully staffed by over 550 Ethiopians who continue Catherineâ€™s dream of transforming maternal healthcare throughout Ethiopia.
The Hamlin College of Midwives is a centre of excellence for the training of midwives in Ethiopia. Access to midwives ensures women no longer suffer in obstructed labour and that childbirth injuries can be prevented.
Since its inception in 2007, 105 midwives have graduated and in the clinics where Hamlin midwives are now placed, there have been zero new cases of obstetric fistula.
- Desta Mender is our farm and training facility. It is where long-term patients live for a period of time to access the medical care they need whilst gaining independence and learning new skills to support income generation.
- Beyond the physical scars, restoring the dignity of women who have suffered horrendous humiliation from their obstetric fistula injury is paramount to rehabilitation.
The Catherine Hamlin Ferry
We also celebrate an acknowledgment of Catherine’s achievements, with the unveiling of the â€˜Catherine Hamlinâ€™ ferry on Sydney Harbour in 2017.
Thousands of supporters cast their vote to recognise herÂ life-changing work, and now, with her name to be immortalised on the Harbour, thousands more will have the opportunity to learn about such a remarkable woman!
93 years old and still an inspiration to us all...
A legend was born
Elinor Catherine Nicholson is born in Sydney.
Catherine and Reg married
Catherine, now an obstetrician, marries her colleague, Dr Reg Hamlin.
An Ethiopian adventure
Drs Catherine and Reg Hamlin travel to Ethiopia - the obstetric fistula patients break their hearts.
The world's first fistula hospital
The Hamlins open the world's first fistula hospital - the beginning of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.
A College of midwives
The Hamlin College of Midwives opens. Catherine is determined to prevent childbirth injuries happening in the first place.
The Catherine Hamlin ferry
Catherine turns 93 and a new Sydney Harbour ferry is named the 'Catherine Hamlin' to honour her extraordinary life's work.