What We Do

Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation has one purpose and one purpose only: eradicating fistula. Forever.

Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation is an independent charity established in Australia to raise funds for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s work to eradicate obstetric fistula. Dr Catherine Hamlin was our Founder and Patron. We exist to fulfill her vision to eradicate fistula. Forever.

Today, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is a healthcare network of over 550 Ethiopian staff servicing six fistula hospitals, Desta Mender Rehabilitation and Reintegration Centre, the Hamlin College of Midwives, and more than 50 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 wellbeing, and regain their roles in their families and communities.

Eradicating fistula. Forever.

We believe no woman should suffer the pain and indignity of a preventable childbirth injury.

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 and Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is globally renowned for its treatment technique. Over 60,000 Ethiopian women with obstetric fistula injuries have had their lives transformed by Hamlin’s clinical team, under the Hamlin Model of Care.


Dr Catherine Hamlin’s fight to end fistula saw her lead a program of prevention throughout 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 desperately needed. Hamlin Midwives prevent obstetric fistula and save lives. 

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, each patient is given a customised rehabilitation plan. Women are empowered to thrive beyond the darkness of fistula – with hope, health and independence.

Empowering Women

Nothing shows the impact of our work better than the stories of women who have had their dignity and life restored, thanks to the support you give and the work we do to end obstetric fistula.