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From Heartbreak to Hope: Zemzem’s Journey

An obstetric fistula injury nearly cost Zemzem her life. For over a decade, she felt ashamed and alone – until she underwent treatment at Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.  Rural and remote: Zemzem’s life before fistula Zemzem’s village is nestled in the mountains of the Amhara region in northern Ethiopia. To access basic services – […]...

February 17th, 2022 Read More

Hamlin Impact Report: July-December 2021

It is a pleasure to share this update about treatment results at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia with you. We have so much to be thankful for. In the six months from July to December 2021, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia have changed the lives of more than 1,100 women. This is thanks to the Hamlin team’s clinical skills and steady support from […]...

February 14th, 2022 Read More

Save the Date for the Catherine Hamlin Celebration Dinner!

The Catherine Hamlin Celebration Dinner returns Following the success of Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation’s inaugural Catherine Hamlin Celebration Dinner last year, we are thrilled to host this special event again in March this year. We will be celebrating Dr Catherine Hamlin’s extraordinary life and enduring legacy. Catherine made such an impact on the lives of […]...

January 4th, 2022 Read More

Hamlin’s Prevention Program FY21

“Midwifery, I believe, is the answer – to put a well-trained midwife in every village would soon eradicate obstetric fistula.” – Dr Catherine Hamlin Fistula prevention in FY21 Hamlin Midwives play an essential role in preventing obstetric fistula injuries and saving the lives of hundreds of mothers and babies every year. Based in more than […]...

December 20th, 2021 Read More

Hamlin’s Rehabilitation and Reintegration Program FY21

“They are all precious to me. For every patient that comes to us we try to give them all the love, care and expertise that we have to help them to get better and back to a normal life.” – Dr Catherine Hamlin Rehabilitation and reintegration in FY21 The team at Hamlin’s Rehabilitation and Reintegration […]...

December 20th, 2021 Read More

Hamlin’s Treatment Program FY21

“To be able to train dedicated young doctors and midwives is marvellous for me and my loyal staff, especially as they become enthusiastic about helping these poor women. It gives me confidence that the eradication of obstetric fistula can be achieved.” – Dr Catherine Hamlin Treatment in FY21 The physical and psychological consequences of obstetric […]...

December 20th, 2021 Read More

A Thank You Message from our CEO and Board

A heartfelt thanks The last 12 months have been challenging and through it all our team at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia continued to work towards Dr Catherine Hamlin’s vision of eradicating obstetric fistula in Ethiopia, providing surgical treatment and care for the world’s most vulnerable women. Thank you for supporting them. You reached deep and showed […]...

December 20th, 2021 Read More

Midwifery Student Rahmet is Learning How to Prevent Fistulas

For the past four years, Rahmet has been learning how to deliver babies and manage maternal health for women in remote Ethiopian communities. In the process, she has been learning how to save lives and prevent obstetric fistula injuries. Rahmet is now in the final year of her Bachelor of Science in Midwifery degree and […]...

December 6th, 2021 Read More

Five Days Without a Midwife: Almaz’s story

Five days. For five perilous days, Almaz endured an obstructed labour in her small Ethiopian village without a midwife. Without appropriate medical care, Almaz’s condition seriously deteriorated, and led to her suffering an obstetric fistula injury. The devastating impact of those five days without a midwife would be felt for ten long years. A life […]...

November 22nd, 2021 Read More

Hamlin Midwife Tizita: Saving lives and preventing fistula

Tizita is a proud graduate of the Hamlin College of Midwives. Now in her third year as a Hamlin Midwife, her work is saving the lives of women and babies.  Tizita’s degree from the Hamlin College of Midwives is helping to eradicate obstetric fistula in Ethiopia – and it was only made possible thanks to […]...

November 3rd, 2021 Read More

After Over 30 Years, Bijige is Finally Dry

Imagine discovering that you are pregnant with your second child: the anticipation as you and your loved ones prepare to welcome a new addition to your family. Imagine waiting for days in excruciating pain as you suffer an obstructed labour without the help of a midwife. Imagine travelling, almost unconscious, on a homemade stretcher for […]...

November 2nd, 2021 Read More