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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The World’s First Modern-Day Fistula Hospital 60for60

March 30, 2020     Word spread of the incredible work Drs Reg and Catherine Hamlin were doing at the Princess Tsehai Memorial Hospital. To cater for the increasing number of obstetric fistula patients arriving at their doorstep, Catherine and...
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Mamitu and Lete: True Friends to Catherine 60for60

March 30, 2020     Throughout Dr Catherine Hamlin‘s 61 years in Ethiopia, two of her closest confidantes were Mamitu and Lete. These two remarkable women are former obstetric fistula sufferers who have dedicated their life after surgery to the...
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Catherine and Reg arrive in Ethiopia 60for60

March 19, 2020     After accepting the call in the Lancet Journal and deciding to work in Ethiopia, Drs Reg and Catherine Hamlin had to quickly get to work navigating the maternal health landscape in mid-twentieth century Ethiopia. Their...
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Answering the Call 60for60

March 18, 2020     Drs Reg and Catherine Hamlin knew that they needed to build a life together that was fulfilling and challenging. As experienced and forward-thinking obstetrician-gynaecologists, they had both experienced working in several overseas postings, yet when...
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Catherine – The Early Years 60for60

March 18, 2020     Elinor ‘Catherine’ Nicholson was born in 1924 and raised in the Sydney suburb of Ryde, at The Hermitage, built by John Blaxland in 1842. One of six children of Elinor and Theodore Nicholson, she went...
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