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transforming lives through fistula repair surgery

Transforming Lives, Thanks To You

An obstetric fistula injury can often be repaired with a single, life-changing surgery. Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s Clinical Team has performed more than 60,000 fistula-repair surgeries – transforming more lives than any other fistula treatment facility in the world. Treatment and holistic care at Hamlin is provided free of charge to all patients, thanks to the […]...

September 16th, 2021 Read More

Tremendous Commitment

A message from Carolyn Hardy: Chief Executive Officer, Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation It is almost one year since Healing Lives was published telling the untold story of the inspiring friendship between Mamitu Gashe and Catherine Hamlin. Mamitu was by Catherine’s side for 50 years. These two formidable women, together with the dedicated Ethiopian clinical team […]...

September 16th, 2021 Read More

A Life Restored: Wubanchi’s story

The tragedy of obstetric fistula  One of the worst things that can happen to a woman or girl is an obstetric fistula, an internal injury caused by an obstructed labour during childbirth that leaves her incontinent and shunned by her community. The physical consequences of this childbirth injury are debilitating. The hole between the birth […]...

September 2nd, 2021 Read More

Elfinesh’s Life After Fistula

Elfinesh has been running her shop for the last three years, where she sells a wide variety of products needed for life in a rural town in northwestern Ethiopia. You could find just about anything you need in her small shop – from spices to soap, cooking oil to safety pins. Hanging from the roof […]...

August 31st, 2021 Read More
Dr Bitew at Hamlin's Bahir Dar Fistula Hospital

Meet our Clinical Team: Dr Bitew

Dr Bitew Abebe is the Medical Director at Hamlin’s Bahir Dar Fistula Hospital. His work as a urogynaecologist and obstetric fistula surgeon has transformed the lives of thousands of Ethiopian women. Dr Bitew joined Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia in 2009. Prior to working at Hamlin, he studied medicine at the Addis Ababa University and specialised in […]...

August 16th, 2021 Read More
Gift in Will

Jane is Helping Fistula Patients Through Her Gift in Will

Our work to eradicate obstetric fistula is only possible thanks to the generosity of our supporters. One way to make a meaningful contribution to the continuation of Dr Catherine Hamlin’s work and a lasting tribute to women across Ethiopia is through leaving a gift in your Will, also known as a bequest. Jane is helping […]...

August 12th, 2021 Read More

After Ten Painful Years, Joy For Kuma

Growing up in a rural village in southwestern Ethiopia, Kuma did not have access to quality maternal health care. As a result, she experienced an obstructed labour at home that resulted in her suffering obstetric fistula injuries. Kuma suffered with fistula for over ten years before she was identified and given life-changing treatment at Hamlin’s […]...

August 10th, 2021 Read More
Zinash with her baby

Extraordinary Care and Love: Zinash’s story

Zinash’s story transformed from struggle to joy through the extraordinary care and love of the staff at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia. For Zinash, being referred to a Hamlin fistula hospital was life changing, and the care she received would end her suffering from fistula once and for all. Living in a small rural town in southern […]...

August 6th, 2021 Read More
2021 SWOP report

The UNFPA’s 2021 SWOP Report and Hamlin Maternal Care

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) recently released its annual State of World Population (SWOP) report for 2021. The 2021 SWOP report highlights issues relating to reproductive and sexual health. This year’s report focuses on the theme of bodily autonomy, the power of women to make decisions about their own bodies. The report details a […]...

August 3rd, 2021 Read More
Lynne at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital

Educator, Volunteer, Advocate: Meet Hamlin Champion Lynne

Meet Lynne Acworth: educator, volunteer, and passionate advocate for obstetric fistula patients. Now retired, the Sydney-based Geography teacher has participated in a variety of activities – from volunteering at the Hamlin Shop to educating future generations about preventable childbirth injuries in Ethiopia. This reflects the amazing ethos that all of our Hamlin Champions embody. Passionate […]...

July 27th, 2021 Read More

Meet our Clinical Team: Dr Wondwossen

Dr Wondwossen Ergete Woldeab is a Urologist at Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital. A respected and experienced member of Hamlin’s Clinical Team, Dr Wondwossen is using his expertise to improve the wellbeing of women who have suffered an obstetric fistula injury. He is determined to see every woman in Ethiopia have access to high quality […]...

July 19th, 2021 Read More

Woldia University Study Highlights Importance of Hamlin’s Rural Presence

Using data from the 2016 Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey, a recent 2021 study by Woldia University (published 7 July 2021) in Ethiopia has identified obstetric fistula as a devastating obstetric issue in Ethiopia with continued prevalence. The study looked at 7,590 women over five years who had given birth and found that of these […]...

July 15th, 2021 Read More