Announcing the ‘Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital – replicating the Hamlin Model of Care’
It is an exciting time. After successfully treating obstetric fistula in Ethiopia for almost 60 years, we’re taking Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s clinical skills, experience, and compassion to Uganda. Together with Terrewode the Hamlin team will develop a new specialist obstetric fistula treatment facility in Soroti, Uganda.
Make no mistake, we are firmly committed to Ethiopia and will continue supporting Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s prevention, treatment and rehabilitation work as usual. Dr Catherine Hamlin’s success in Ethiopia has encouraged the Hamlin team and its partners to help women in other parts of Africa who have not had access to the Hamlin Model of Care in eradicating obstetric fistula.
The model in Uganda will be as it is in Ethiopia: treating and rehabilitating each patient back to a life lived with dignity. It is a model that has worked well for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia for the past 60 years and we are confident that it will for the next 60 years.
Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) is fundraising for this exciting new project. We are looking to people who share Catherine’s dream of eradicating fistulas forever to support this new frontier – to restore the lives of Ugandan women suffering with obstetric fistula.
We have chosen Uganda because there is a significant need. The Ugandan Government 2012-2016 National Obstetric Fistula Strategy estimated there are up to 200,000 Ugandan women suffering from obstetric fistula and about 1,900 new cases each year. Like many other countries, the number of hospitals in Uganda with space and capacity to treat obstetric fistula is low.
We have identified a strong partner to work with, Terrewode. Terrewode is a community-based organisation founded and run by Alice Emasu, a local women’s rights advocate. Terrewode’s values are based on a woman’s fundamental right to quality health care. Terrewode has worked with obstetric fistula survivors in Uganda since 1999.
Terrewode has a highly successful community based social rehabilitation and reintegration model that supports women to reintegrate into the community after suffering from this traumatic condition and provides them with the life skills to live a life of dignity.
Alice Emasu first met Dr Catherine Hamlin many years ago. Alice has worked hard to replicate Catherine’s compassion, respect and care in Terrewode’s programs and she is committed to bringing the full Hamlin model of care to the women Terrewode serves.
Terrewode has already purchased the land and commenced the design process for the new hospital. They have a robust governance and management structure that will expand to develop the capacity of the new hospital.
Replicating the Hamlin Model of Care
Together we are working with partners to establish the Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital – replicating the Hamlin model of Care. The hospital will include a fistula treatment centre and a rehabilitation centre.
Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia will provide leadership in clinical excellence, training and capacity building for the Terrewode medical team. This will include extensive training at Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital prior to opening the new hospital and supportive supervision during the start up stages of the hospital.
The model of treatment and care in Uganda will be as it is in Ethiopia: treating and rehabilitating patients back to a life with dignity.
Funds raised in Australia will initially support the capital funding for the construction and equipping of the new hospital in 2018. We are also committed to support the operating costs of the new hospital until at least the end of 2020, by which time the project should be fully operational and working at full capacity.
Timeline and Projections
• Pre-construction preparation, planning, tendering, legal permits. Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia has worked with Terrewode and the project architects to develop plans for this purpose built obstetric fistula facility in Soroti, Uganda.
Construction, Fit-out, Recruitment and Training
• Construction and fit-out of the new Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital – replicating the Hamlin model of Care will begin in Soroti, Uganda. The hospital will have a dedicated 30 bed fistula surgical treatment block and a 30-bed reintegration and rehabilitation block.
• The hospital will include physiotherapy, laboratory, pharmacy and urodynamics along with support space such as kitchen, laundry, administration and staff accommodation.
• The buildings and surrounding gardens will support the Hamlin Model of care by creating a patient friendly healing environment where medical staff can provide best practice clinical services as well as social rehabilitation and reintegration.
• Recruitment, training and capacity building of the medical team will begin. This will include extensive training at Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia prior to opening the new hospital and supportive supervision during the start-up of the hospital.
• Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) donors support construction and fitting out of the hospital.
Treatment Target – capacity 200 patients
• Under supportive supervision of the Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia clinical team, the Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital – replicating the Hamlin model of Care will begin treating Ugandan women and girls suffering from obstetric fistula and other child birth complications.
• Services to be provided will be the same as Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is providing in Ethiopia:
- Pre-surgery treatment and counseling
- Surgical treatment
- Post-surgery rehabilitation including physiotherapy and psycho social support and counselling
- Social reintegration including life skills training and social enterprise initiatives
• Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) donors will support treatment and social reintegration of patients.
Treatment Target – capacity 600 patients
• Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia will continue to support capacity building and training of clinical staff.
• The Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital – replicating the Hamlin model of Care, will become a fully operational world class facility providing high quality services for the women of Uganda.
• Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) will continue to support treatment and social reintegration of patients.
How can you help?
You can help fund this new specialist obstetric fistula treatment facility in Uganda by making a tax-deductible donation today. By helping the development of the Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital – replicating the Hamlin Model of Care, you are supporting Dr Catherine Hamlin’s vision of eradicating fistula forever.