By making a monthly gift of just $50, in a year you will have fully funded a fistula repair operation that will completely restore a woman’s life.

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia was founded almost 60 years ago by Australian doctor Catherine Hamlin and her husband Dr Reg Hamlin. They were surgical pioneers who dreamed of eradicating the most horrific childbirth injury, obstetric fistula, from Ethiopia.

Having a baby is exciting and wonderful, but can also be difficult and risky. If childbirth is obstructed and a woman has little or no access to medical assistance, she will be in agonising labour for days. She will almost always lose her baby and suffer a debilitating internal injury which leaves her incontinent. Ashamed and alone, she becomes isolated from her family and community.

You can help weave the pieces of her life back together.

A life-changing fistula repair operation costs $600, so a gift of $50 a month can pay for one within a year. A monthly gift of $30 can fund an operation in less than two years.

To become a Hamlin Monthly Giver and donate monthly to change a woman’s life click here


Where will my donations go?

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is dedicated to restoring the health and dignity of women who have survived a horrendous – and preventable – childbirth injury: obstetric fistula.

Your monthly gift will be used for:

  • Treatment: In rural Ethiopia and rural Uganda, women have little access to maternal healthcare. If their labour is obstructed, they almost always lose their baby and suffer unimaginably horrific internal damage. We work to mend this trauma, through surgery, rehabilitation and counselling.
  • Prevention: We also work to prevent obstetric fistula in the first place. In Ethiopia we recruit, train and deploy midwives so women have access to quality healthcare. In Uganda, Terrewode has 1,000 community volunteers in their Obstetric Fistula Awareness and Advocacy Network. The volunteers undertake fistula education in communities and assist expectant mothers and their families to plan for the delivery of their baby.

Aye’s story

Aye was looking forward to having children when she married and soon fell pregnant with her first child. However, after four days of obstructed labour, her baby had not arrived.

Her husband took her to a local health post, but Aye’s baby had died as a result of the prolonged labour. She was left with an obstetric fistula and urine ran uncontrollably down her legs.

Devastated by the loss of her child, and ashamed of her condition, Aye hid away in her home. Three months later she heard about a Hamlin fistula hospital that treated women with this problem. Aye was given free surgery and loving care. Her fistula was repaired, and her health and dignity restored.

Help a mother piece her life back together
Help a mother piece her life back together

Four years later, Aye came back to our hospital and we helped her safely deliver a healthy baby girl. Aye’s husband, Fikre, told us:

“This is the best hospital I have ever seen in my life. You cured my wife – with the best treatment and care. Thank you for everything you did for us.”

Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation has one purpose and one purpose only: eradicating fistula. Forever.