Beyond Sixty Years 60for60

April 27, 2020     “We have to eradicate Ethiopia of this awful thing that’s happening to women: suffering, untold suffering, in the countryside. I leave this with you to do in the future, to carry on.”  – Dr Catherine...
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A Transformational Journey 60for60

April 20, 2020     Garnering international and professional recognition was never the priority for Dr Catherine Hamlin; serving some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable women in Ethiopia was, however. The stories of the obstetric fistula patients Catherine and...
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A Global Centre of Excellence 60for60

April 16, 2020     The Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital has become known as a global centre of excellence in fistula surgery. By 2014, word of Dr Catherine Hamlin‘s work and the need to eradicate obstetric fistula had spread –...
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Building a New Life with New Skills 60for60

April 6, 2020     Nestled along quiet gardens, and in the shadow of a mountain on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, are ten houses which each accommodate recovering obstetric fistula patients. Desta Mender is more than a home to...
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Opening Desta Mender 60for60

April 6, 2020     Dr Catherine Hamlin always maintained that it was essential to not only treat a fistula but to treat the patient as a whole; that is why she opened Desta Mender in 2002. Desta Mender is...
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A Woman Who Continued 60for60

April 6, 2020     In 1993, Dr Reg Hamlin died of cancer. After losing her husband, Dr Catherine Hamlin was faced with a hard decision: how to continue her work without Reg? The idea of treating thousands of obstetric...
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Catherine’s Work Becomes Known 60for60

March 30, 2020     After establishing their hospital by the river, news of the Hamlins’ obstetric fistula treatment and the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital quickly spread. Women were coming by foot from all over Ethiopia. Catherine and Reg’s Addis...
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