An incredible transformation Patients

June 13, 2018   When she first fell pregnant at 14, Mekdes was unlike most Ethiopian women, she was able to access maternal care. Although accessing this medical care was far from easy from her small rural village in North...
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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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A precious diamond Patients

May 25, 2018 A tragic start to motherhood In the small village within South Ethiopia, where Almaz lived there were no health clinics, public transport or even electricity. To get to those services, villages had to walk for a full...
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From a death wish to everlasting joy Patients

May 11, 2018 Please consider making a gift of by June 30, so that we can continue to reach women in need and provide life-changing surgery. Click here to donate.  Aster’s story Aster sits in the post-operative ward at Hamlin’s Addis...
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Ruziya – an empowered woman Desta Mender

October 17, 2017 Every day the passionate staff at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia welcome and treat patients who have suffered an obstetric fistula. Nothing shows the impact of our work better than the stories of these women who have had their...
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From isolation to independence: Beburuyosh’s story Desta Mender

September 20, 2017   18 years with a fistula During her first pregnancy, Beburuyosh had an obstructed labour that lasted four agonising days. Whilst 5% of women globally experience an obstructed labour, access to maternal healthcare will mean the difference...
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