Obstetric Fistula Stories

For over 60 years, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia has provided treatment and support to tens of thousands of women suffering from obstetric fistula.

The Hamlin Model of Care, a world-renowned holistic treatment model, addresses the physical, psychological and emotional effects of fistula, allowing women to reassert their humanity, secure their health and wellbeing, and regain their roles in their families and communities.

These are their stories.

Genet’s story

After enduring an agonising obstructed labour, Genet’s baby was stillborn. Three days later, leaking urine and faeces uncontrollably.

Aster’s story

Half a century ago, Aster gave birth to a stillborn baby boy. With no access to medical care her long, obstructed labour resulted in an obstetric fistula, a condition she has lived with ever since.

Elsabet’s Story

From living in shame to finding a cure.

Zemzem’s Story

From heartbreak to hope. Learn how Zemzem regained her independence.

Zigiju’s Story

Learn how Zigiju regained her strength and learnt to walk again.

Mulu’s Story

Today, Mulu is regaining her health, happiness, and sense of self.