Make a tax deductible donation in the USA to help eradicate fistula. Forever.

Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation are pleased to advise that our American friends and supporters can now make tax deductible donations to us in the USA. Donors will receive a tax receipt from CAF America.

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Two pioneering surgeons

Founded 60 years ago by pioneering Australian surgeon, Dr Catherine Hamlin and her late husband, Dr Reg Hamlin, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia has treated more than 60,000 women to repair their fistula injury.

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is working towards the eradication of obstetric fistula from Ethiopia by 2030. Our supporters in the USA have already helped restore the lives and dignity of hundreds of Ethiopian women over the years.

Oprah interviews Catherine

In January 2004, at the age of 80, Dr. Catherine Hamlin appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s television show (video below) to talk about women and girls with obstetric fistula in Ethiopia and her work to repair their injuries and restore their dignity.

Catherine, in her characteristic self-effacing manner, said of her fundraising efforts, “We are professional beggars”. Americans responded with funds and warm support. The episode was included in Oprah’s 20-year anthology collection and she subsequently travelled to Dr. Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital to film another episode for her show, broadcast in December 2005.

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Nick Kristof – friend and advocate in the fight to eradicate fistula

New York Times columnist, respected humanitarian and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Nick Kristof is another advocate in the fight to end fistula. Nick’s articles about Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia over the years have helped to raise awareness about obstetric fistula and the work of Dr. Catherine Hamlin and the Hamlin clinical team. Click here to read more.

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia today – there is still more work to be done

Today, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia comprises six fistula hospitals across Ethiopia, the Hamlin College of Midwives, 66 rural midwifery clinics and Desta Mender, Hamlin’s rehabilitation and reintegration centre. Hamlin is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading fistula treatment facility and is a centre of clinical excellence, training surgeons from all over the world. Donors from around the world have made this progress possible.

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is working towards the eradication of obstetric fistula from Ethiopia by 2030. To achieve this we need your help. Make a tax deductible donation today to help eradicate fistula. Forever.


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