A new frontier
We remain firmly committed to Ethiopia and will continue supporting Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s life changing work until fistula is eradicated from Ethiopia forever.
The success of Dr Catherine Hamlin and her team in Ethiopia has encouraged the Hamlin team to expand their support for women with fistula to other parts of Africa.
Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation and our Australian donors have supported the establishment of a new specialist obstetric fistula treatment facility in Soroti, Uganda – the ‘Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital – replicating the Hamlin Model of Care’. This hospital opened in August 2019. We are delighted that Ugandan women suffering fistula injuries are now receiving treatment at the new hospital.
The Hamlin Clinical Team have trained the newly appointed Terrewode surgical team and Terrewode’s approach will mirror the Hamlin Model of Care that has worked so well in Ethiopia. Each woman will be treated and rehabilitated back to a life of independence and dignity.
Join the movement of people who are determined to eradicate obstetric fistula. Forever.
It is estimated that as many as 200,000 Ugandan women suffer from obstetric fistula. Just as tragically, there are 1,900 new cases each year. That means every week in Uganda 36 women suffer this terrible, preventable injury. There are very few hospitals in Uganda with the space and capacity to treat obstetric fistula.
Read Mirembe’s harrowing story here.
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.
Alice 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 helps.
Replicating the Hamlin Model of Care
Construction of ‘Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital – replicating the Hamlin Model of Care’ commenced in March 2018 and we are thrilled to report that it is now complete! The hospital opened in August 2019. It includes a fistula treatment centre and a rehabilitation centre.
Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s clinical team has provided leadership in clinical excellence, training and capacity building for the Terrewode medical team.
Funds raised in Australia have supported the capital funding for the construction of the new hospital and the fit-out. We are also contributing to the operating costs of the new hospital until the end of 2020, by which time the facility will be fully operational and working at full capacity.
Products made by the women of Terrewode.
New to The Hamlin Shop is a fabulous range of jewellery made by women who are recovering from fistula surgery. They learn skills that will help them restart their lives, create an income stream and help them reintegrate into their community.
By purchasing these handmade items, you will support and empower the women of Uganda.
How can you help?
We are so grateful to the early supporters who provided the funds to get this project off the ground.
Please join them and help support the first year of surgeries by making a tax-deductible donation today. Your support will help Ugandan women with fistula injuries to receive the treatment they need.