The Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation is an independent charity established in Australia to raise funds for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, to eradicate obstetric fistula. Dr Catherine Hamlin was our Founder and Patron. We exist to fulfil her vision to eradicate fistula. Forever.
Today, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is a healthcare network of over 550 Ethiopian staff servicing six hospitals, Desta Mender rehabilitation centre, the Hamlin College of Midwives and 80 Hamlin supported Midwifery Clinics. Hamlin is the reference organisation and leader in the fight to eradicate obstetric fistula around the world, blazing a trail for holistic treatment and care that empowers women to reassert their humanity, secure their health and well-being, and regain their roles in their families and communities.
Eradicating fistula. Forever.
We believe no woman should suffer the indignity of an obstetric fistula.
The Hamlin Model of Care
The Hamlin Model of Care is grounded in a fundamental respect for the patient and a commitment to provide complete and compassionate care. Based on Dr Catherine Hamlin’s values, the model remains a core part of the organisation today.
Dr Catherine Hamlin was a pioneer in treating obstetric fistula. Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is globally renowned for its treatment technique.
Dr Catherine Hamlin’s fight to end fistula saw her lead a program of preventing obstetric fistulas through Ethiopia. Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia recruits students from rural areas, puts them through rigorous training as midwives, and deploys them back to their villages where their skills are needed.
This is a cornerstone of Catherine Hamlin’s vision – ensuring that women in Ethiopia have access to qualified midwives so they no longer suffer for days on end with an obstructed labour.
Rehabilitation and reintegration
Dr Catherine Hamlin always believed that treating a fistula patient isn’t just treating a hole in the bladder but rather the whole patient. Beyond the emotional and physical mending of scars and injury, each patient is given a customised rehabilitation plan.