Two new Board Members join CHFF

On 26 May 2022, we welcomed two exceptional new Board members to the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation team. Professor Caroline Homer AO and Greg Morris will bring a wealth of experience in maternal health and not-for-profit leadership to the Board. As we welcome these two new Board members, we sadly farewell Philippa Ellis, who has […]...

May 26th, 2022 Read More
Nurse and patient

Celebrating International Nurses Day 2022

Today is International Nurses Day 2022 and all of us at the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation are reflecting on the incredible work of Hamlin nurses, and those around the world. During the last couple of years of unprecedented pressure and demand on health care staff, due to the pandemic, the frontline work of nurses has […]...

May 11th, 2022 Read More
Midwife examining patient

Celebrating Hamlin Midwives on International Day of the Midwife 2022

Today, 5th May, is the International Day of the Midwife and 2022 marks the 100 year anniversary of the International Confederation of Midwives! For the Hamlin Team, International Day of the Midwife 2022 is an opportunity to celebrate the incredible work that Hamlin Midwives do every day. Each week, approximately 430 babies are delivered at […]...

May 5th, 2022 Read More

How Zigiju Regained Her Strength

Zigiju had an active childhood looking after her family’s livestock. Raised in an isolated rural village in the Amhara region of Ethiopia, Zigiju would walk for kilometres to the nearest river to bring water back to her family. She never could have imagined that as an adult, obstetric fistula, a preventable childbirth injury, would confine […]...

March 14th, 2022 Read More
International Women's Day 2022: Break the bias on fistula

International Women’s Day 2022: Break the bias on fistula

As part of International Women’s Day 2022, Hamlin is reflecting on the importance of breaking the bias that obstetric fistula patients face. We want to see a world free of stereotypes and discrimination. A world where access to equitable and holistic healthcare empowers women to determine their own futures. International Women’s Day 2022 The theme […]...

March 4th, 2022 Read More
Zemzem outside, beaming

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