Join the movement of people who are determined to eradicate obstetric fistula. Forever. A monthly gift of just $60 will fully fund a standard repair operation in one year. This 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% of births 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.
$700 could fund one standard fistula operation in a Hamlin regional hospital, restoring a woman’s life – so a gift of $60 a month can pay for one within a year! And a monthly gift of $30 can fund an operation in two years.
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, 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.
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 has now returned 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.