Mazaa’s second chance at life

Desta Mender



27 July 2020

Hope for her future 

Hamlin’s rehabilitation and reintegration program is a key part of the Hamlin Model of Care. All women undergoing treatment in a Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia hospital are assessed for their reintegration needs and have access to literacy, numeracy and vocational classes to help them once they return to their communities.

One of these women is Mazaa. Mazaa’s labour took place at home and lasted an excruciating six days. Sadly, she lost her baby and was left with a double fistula and severe leg contractures.

For four years Mazaa was isolated, with only her parents to tend to her and her grief. Finally, her family heard about a place where she could be healed – Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.

Multiple surgeries and extensive physiotherapy over 12-months repaired Mazaa’s physical injuries – once again dry and in control of her health.

Desta Mender (‘Joy Village’), is a recovery centre where long-term fistula patients with severe injuries can continue to heal. The rehabilitation program offered at Desta Mender while Mazaa was undergoing treatment helped heal the emotional scars of obstetric fistula – building up her confidence through vocational training to help her re-enter community life.

Hamlin’s holistic treatment and care empowers women to reassert their humanity, secure their health and well-being, and regain their roles in their families and communities.

Support like yours is key to achieving Dr Catherine Hamlin’s vision and eradicating fistula in Ethiopia by 2030.