Obstetric fistula is one of the worst things that can happen to a woman or girl. At Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation, we have one purpose and one purpose only: to eradicate fistula in Ethiopia. Forever.
Our founder, Dr Catherine Hamlin, knew that the best solution to eradicate fistula is prevention. And the best way to achieve prevention is through ensuring every community has access to highly trained, dedicated midwives. That’s why in 2007, Dr Catherine Hamlin opened the Hamlin College of Midwives, training Hamlin midwives like Mahlet to deliver quality maternal health care in rural areas – preventing fistula and saving lives.
A Hamlin midwife supports, nurtures and empowers women. She also shares invaluable knowledge and builds trusting networks. She can single-handedly transform an entire community. This year our midwives have also been on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19 helping to prevent infection in the communities they work in.
Your donation this Christmas will support a Hamlin midwife. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.
The typical journey that brings a woman to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is tragic, and preventable. Like a lot of Ethiopian women (over 70%), Neima faced childbirth without the assistance of a midwife. She endured a four-day-long obstructed labour which resulted in a stillborn baby and a dreadful obstetric fistula injury.
Neima recently had surgery at Hamlin and is now cured, living with hope for her future. If Neima was able to access a Hamlin midwife like Mahlet during her labour, her fistula wouldn’t have occurred, and her baby would be alive.
The journey to becoming a Hamlin midwife is life-changing and challenging. Dedicated and passionate about improving women’s lives, Mahlet graduated in 2016 and has been working in a remote Hamlin-supported midwifery clinic ever since.
Mahlet is one of the almost 200 graduates from the Hamlin College of Midwives. Last year, Hamlin midwives delivered over 30,000 babies without a single case of obstetric fistula. Once keen students, they are now the difference between life and death.
Eradicating Fistula. Forever.
The Hamlin College of Midwives is a centre of excellence for the training of midwives. Each student undertakes a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Midwifery, each on a full Hamlin scholarship funded by generous donors like you.
There are now 80 Hamlin-supported midwifery clinics across rural Ethiopia. Hamlin midwives prevent fistula and hundreds of maternal and neonatal deaths. The Hamlin prevention program is the cornerstone of Dr Catherine Hamlin’s vision to ensure that women no longer suffer for days on end with no medical care.