A Christmas thank you from our Board of Directors
We would like to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for all the support that you have provided to the women of Ethiopia during 2018.
Throughout the year we have continued to work hard to realise Dr Catherine Hamlin’s dream for every Ethiopian woman to be free from devastating internal birth injuries and to gain access to quality maternal healthcare. Our Australian supporters were critical to this work and we are enormously grateful for your support.
The team at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is widely regarded as the best in the world and Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital has retained its mantle as the world class fistula treatment facility and teaching hospital that Catherine and Reg established so many years ago.
As you will read in this newsletter the impact of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia reaches far beyond the borders of Ethiopia through the training of surgeons and nurses from other countries. We are honoured that Catherine’s vision for Ethiopian women has also enabled support to the eradication of fistula globally and we are proud to work alongside the extraordinary Hamlin team.
2019 will mark the 60th Anniversary of Drs Catherine and Reg Hamlin’s arrival in Ethiopia and what a journey it’s been. Over the past 60 years, the team at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia has treated 55,000 women to repair their fistula injuries and the Hamlin College of Midwives has graduated 145 highly skilled midwives to work across the breadth of Ethiopia, helping women wherever they live.
We look forward to celebrating this important anniversary with you, our many supporters who have made Catherine’s life’s work possible.
From our family to yours, we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a healthy, happy and fulfilled 2019.
Julie White, Chair, and the Board of Directors at Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation