One mother’s story of success Desta Mender

October 8, 2018   It was 19 years ago when Kore suffered an obstructed labour that lasted an agonising two days, but her story is unlike many other fistula survivors. Today she is the proud mother of a beautiful 19-year-old...
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12 more women return home with dignity Desta Mender

October 8, 2018   Congratulations to the twelve graduates of Hamlin’s Rehabilitation and Reintegration program! These women, who are all obstetric fistula survivors, have now embarked on a new chapter of their lives as empowered women and new business owners since...
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Fistula-free and thriving Desta Mender

September 19, 2018   A decade of suffering When Yitaktu’s father brought her to Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, she could barely walk. Yitaktu was just a teenager when she suffered an obstetric fistula, which left her incontinent and with...
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Life after fistula Desta Mender

September 14, 2018   Elfinesh has been running her shop for the last three years, where she sells a wide variety of products needed for life in the rural Ethiopian town of Begi. You could find just about anything you...
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Yeshi’s story Desta Mender

September 5, 2018   A dark time Yeshi was just a teenager when she suffered a severe obstetric fistula, due to an obstructed labour 20 years ago. The experience was so traumatic, she does not talk about it. What we...
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A note from Beletshachew Tadesse Desta Mender

September 5, 2018   Beletshachew Tadesse is Hamlin’s Rehabilitation and Reintegration Manager. She recently wrote to us about Yeshi – one of Desta Mender’s first patients and one of the first women to benefit from Hamlin’s rehabilitation and reintegration program. ...
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More than just sympathy Desta Mender

June 4, 2018   Sometimes the suffering and damage caused by obstetric fistula is so great that even after successful surgery, patients can’t immediately return to their homes. Instead they go to Desta Mender, a rehabilitation centre that provides a...
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Reclaiming their lives Desta Mender

March 19, 2018   For women with more severe fistula injuries, Dr Catherine Hamlin’s Desta Mender, or ‘Joy Village’, offers them a kind of haven. The rehabilitation facility is a place where women can live in peace and harmony while...
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Women helping women Desta Mender

March 8, 2018   Celebrating the women of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia Today is International Women’s Day; a day to celebrate the women who inspire us and take action to support the women who need us. The time is now, for...
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