Obstetric Fistula Stories

For over 65 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.

Enku’s story

Enku suffered with an obstetric fistula and later returned to Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital to have a child.

Faskia’s story

Faskika suffered an obstetric fistula 18 years ago and she couldn’t afford treatment. She was found by Hamlin’s Project Zero team.

Berknesh’s story

Berknesh gave birth to a daughter but then in her second pregnancy, everything changed.

Meseret’s story

Meseret suffered for nearly 30 years with an obstetric fistula. Then her son said she had suffered enough.

Getu’s story

Getu was identified by one of Hamlin’s Health Development Armies, a key part of Project Zero, an ambitious new program.

Kokebe’s Story

Kokebe laboured for three days at home before being taken to hospital. This was the start of 10 years of shame.

Neela’s story

For almost 40 years, Neela suffered unnecessarily with an advanced stage pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

Tadelech’s story

After 47 years of suffering and isolation, Tadelech finally found treatment for her untreated fistula injury.