Join the movement of people who are determined to eradicate obstetric fistula. Forever. A monthly gift of just $50 in one year will fully fund a standard repair operation that will completely restore a woman’s life.
Having a baby is exciting and wonderful, but can also be difficult and risky. These risks are especially high in a country like Ethiopia where 70% if brrths are not attended by a medical professional.
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 standard 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.
Join us in eradicating fistula. Forever. Click here to become a Hamlin Monthly Giver – donate monthly for fistula and change a woman’s life.
Where will my donations go?
Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is dedicated to eradicating obstetric fistula and restoring the health and dignity of women who have survived this horrendous – and preventable – childbirth injury.
Your monthly gift will be used for:
- Treatment: In rural areas of Ethiopia and 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.
Ruziya grew up on a farm in a remote village in the East of Ethiopia. She spent much of her childhood helping her parents on the farm, looking after their goats.
Ruziya fell pregnant shortly after getting married, but sadly, this is when her worst nightmare began. After three unrelenting days of labour, Ruziya lost her baby and was left with a debilitating injury.
Fortunately Ruziya’s family was able to bring her to the Hamlin Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital where she was able to receive treatment for her injury. Not only is Ruziya living her life fistula free, she will soon return home fully independent and empowered.
“You never get such unconditional love and care even from your own family. I wish long and strong like a steel, life for all of you at Hamlin.” – Ruziya.