Dr Tekleselassie Asres Gebreyohannes, surgeon at Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital
Dr Tekleselassie is a Fistula Surgeon at Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital. He is a trained obstetrician and gynaecologist with more than two decades of experience.
Dr Tekleselassie joined Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia in October 2018, before this he worked in various hospitals in Ethiopia, Liberia and South Sudan. He obtained his medical degree in Jimma University in Ethiopia, specialises in obstetrics and gynaecology. During his two decades of providing obstetric and gynaecological services, Dr Tekleselassie encountered and treated some patients with obstetric fistula. He was also involved in the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) Campaign to End Fistula in South Sudan. These experiences evoked his interest in helping and treating women suffering from fistula.
Dr Tekleselassie then became a close follower and admirer of Drs Catherine and Reg Hamlin. “They are exemplary humans who will live in my heart. They will be remembered for what they accomplished and the example they set for Ethiopian doctors and the rest of the world,” he remarks. He is also passionate about the Hamlin Model of Care, which is grounded in a fundamental respect for women who suffer this condition and a commitment to provide complete and compassionate care for them.
He was very happy to join the Hamlin’s Clinical Team, “When I got the opportunity to get involved I didn’t hesitate to jump in. For me this is not a job, it is a service to humanity,” says Dr Tekleselassie.
Passion for treatment
To further refine his fistula repair techniques, Dr Tekleselassie was trained at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia under Dr Ambaye and Mamitu Gashe. He has also watched Dr Catherine Hamlin in action.
Since joining Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia in 2018, he has performed over 90 fistula repair surgeries and over 25 perineal tear cases. He is a great example of Hamlin’s excellent clinical team, who are the leaders in the treatment of obstetric fistula. Dr Tekleselassie is currently enrolled in the Urogynaecoloygy Fellowship Program, which was developed by Hamlin to help doctors provide highly specialised care to women with complex urogynaecological disorders, including fistula cases. Dr Tekleselassie is passionate about his job at Hamlin, “I am happy to do what I love in an organisation that puts patients before anyone,” he reflects.
In his free time, Dr Tekleselassie loves to read and spend quality time with his family. Looking towards the future, he stated: “I want to see Ethiopian women enjoy the same privilege as their brothers and fathers. To see a fair world with no gender discrimination and no gender-based violence.”
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Written by Celia Li, intern at the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation.