Help provide life-changing surgery to women who are suffering – often for years – with devastating childbirth injuries. Please make a tax-deductible donation today.

Up to 31,000 women in Ethiopia are hidden away suffering from the debilitating effects of obstetric fistula injuries – and new cases occur each year.

With every day that passes, they miss out on becoming mothers, spending time with family and friends, working and being financially independent – and enjoying life.

We urgently need your help to find them and provide them with fistula repair surgery to restore their health and dignity. 

“If a woman is free from obstetric fistula, she’s a backbone of the family. She’s a woman. She’s a sister, a mother and a wife. The family will be productive and future generations will be productive.” – Hanna Tesfaye, Project Zero Team Leader

Please make your tax-deductible donation today.

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Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s Project Zero is transforming women’s healthcare in Ethiopia – step by step, woreda (district) by woreda.

Hanna says, “Our goal is to ensure that Ethiopian women living with obstetric fistula today will be found, treated and given back their lives.

The Project Zero team is working alongside local health professionals in the Ale Woreda Health Bureau and other local stakeholders to undertake a household survey and outreach in the community.

We are also working hard to minimise the risks of childbirth for the women of tomorrow and prevent new fistula injuries through investment in partner health clinics and partnership with local health providers.”

Your gift today will help:

STEP 1: Identify and treat women with existing obstetric fistula injuries 

STEP 2: Prevent new obstetric fistula injuries by ensuring all pregnant women have access to trained midwives.

STEP 3: Address the root causes of obstetric fistula through education and awareness, bringing about sustained change in each woreda.

We know what needs to be done. We need YOUR help to do it.

Please help achieve Catherine’s vision.


Fana, Aster, Mengesha and Abebe (left to right) are the first four patients found and treated for their fistula injuries through Hamlin’s Project Zero.

Years of suffering are finally over and they are looking forward to new lives with dignity, connection and possibility.

These brave women encapsulate what Project Zero is all about. ​​

No more suffering. No more pain. No more isolation and shame.

Australian gynecologist and obstetrician Dr Catherine Hamlin devoted her life to helping women with obstetric fistula regain their lives. Her vision was to eradicate this horrific childbirth injury and end women’s pain and indignity, once and for all.

Under Catherine’s pioneering guidance, over 60,000 Ethiopian women have had their lives transformed under the Hamlin Model of Care.

Catherine treated every woman with compassion and dignity. She said, “I just love these women. My feeling for them, my compassion for them, is unending.”

Thanks to the kindness of people like you, we continue to make great strides towards fulfilling Catherine’s vision of a fistula-free Ethiopia. But our task is not complete.

Your gift today will help us continue Catherine’s work to ensure every woman suffering with a fistula injury is:

  • Found and transported to a Hamlin fistula hospital for treatment
  • Supported through her life-changing fistula repair surgery
  • Empowered for a bright and happy future with her health and dignity restored.

Thank you for your generosity and compassion.

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