A new frontier

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 and other birth injuries are now receiving treatment at the new hospital.

Why Uganda?

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.



Why 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.

Alice met Dr Catherine Hamlin many years ago. Alice has worked hard to replicate Catherine’s legacy of 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.


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 fistula surgeries by making a tax-deductible donation today. Your support will help Ugandan women with fistula injuries receive the treatment they need.

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Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation has one purpose and one purpose only: eradicating fistula. Forever.