For over six decades, women have had their lives restored thanks to the world-renowned Hamlin Model of Care.
This best practice treatment of obstetric fistula injuries, encompassing surgical repair, rehabilitation, counselling and reintegration support, considers both the physical impact and psychological trauma of childbirth injuries.
To prevent obstetric fistulas from occurring in the first place, the Hamlin College of Midwives in Ethiopia is also training more qualified birth attendants, able to work in rural areas around the country.
Women with obstetric fistulas have suffered great trauma, but this does not need to be the end of their story. The Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation can give women back their lives. Collectively, we can eradicate fistula. Forever.
Today, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is a healthcare network of over 550 Ethiopian staff servicing six hospitals, the Desta Mender rehabilitation center, the Hamlin College of Midwives, and over 90 Hamlin-supported midwifery clinics.
Hamlin is the reference organization and leader in the fight to eradicate obstetric fistula around the world, blazing a trail for holistic treatment and care that empowers women to reassert their humanity, secure their health and well-being, and regain their roles in their families and communities.
My wish is for my dream to come true, to eradicate obstetric fistula. Forever.Dr Catherine Hamlin AC