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Our vision is simple:
To eradicate obstetric fistula. Forever.

For more than six decades, Dr Catherine Hamlin and her team at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia have focused on the holistic treatment of women and girls with obstetric fistulas in Ethiopia.
Join Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation in ensuring health and dignity of mothers by treating obstetric fistula. Together, we can eradicate fistula. Forever.

Join Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation in ensuring health and dignity of mothers by treating obstetric fistula.

The Hamlin Model of Care for treatment of obstetric fistula injuries considers both the physical impact and psychological trauma of this childbirth injury. As well as treating injuries, Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation empowers women and girls and helps sustain their well-being. The Hamlin College of Midwives in Ethiopia was established to increase the number of qualified birth attendants in rural areas, helping prevent obstetric fistulas from occurring in the first place.

Women with obstetric fistulas have suffered great trauma, but this does not need to be the end of their stories. Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation has the knowledge and skills to help them recover. We simply need the collective action and means to make this vision a reality. Together, we can eradicate fistula. Forever.

What is Obstetric Fistula?

How can I help?

Today, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is a healthcare network of over 550 Ethiopian staff servicing six hospitals, Desta Mender rehabilitation centre, the Hamlin College of Midwives and 80 Hamlin supported Midwifery Clinics. Hamlin is the reference organisation 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.

Healing Lives OUT NOW

The team at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is thrilled to announce that Healing Lives, a book by award-winning journalist Sue Williams, is now available in the US. 

Healing Lives is the untold tale of Mamitu Gashe, the protégée of Dr Catherine Hamlin, and the inspiring decades-long friendship between these two formidable women.
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Hamlin's Ethiopian Active Challenge!

Want to increase your daily steps and help women at the same time? Join Hamlin’s Ethiopian Active Challenge, where you’ll follow a virtual trail from Yirgalem in southern Ethiopia to the capital, Addis Ababa. Your daily steps, fitness regime and even household tasks, can be converted into miles on the virtual route. Your entry fee supports women in Ethiopia suffering with obstetric fistula, a preventable childbirth injury. Anyone can join the challenge - see how far you go! From as little as 5,000 steps a day, you can increase your fitness, gain health benefits and help Ethiopian women. The challenge runs until April 30, 2021.
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Hamlin College of Midwives

Hamlin midwives work in rural communities to prevent fistula.
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Hamlin Model of Care

The World’s Leading Approach to Treating Obstetric Fistula
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What Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia has accomplished to date, with support from Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation

Lasting change for women and girls requires addressing a critical root cause of obstetric fistula: a lack of skilled birth attendants. That’s why Hamlin introduced programs to increase access to quality healthcare locally. Through these measures, we aim to break the cycle of unrelieved obstructed labor and women and girls from sustaining obstetric fistulas in the first place.
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60,000+
women treated
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195
midwifery graduates to date
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60+
years of continuous operation
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550+
Ethiopian staff

A Lifetime of Caring


My wish is for my dream to come true, to eradicate obstetric fistula. Forever.

Dr Catherine Hamlin AC
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Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation is fiscally sponsored by KBFUS (EIN582277856) and KBF Canada (RCO769784893RR0001)

Photography credits to Cameron Bloom, Nigel Brennan, Mary F. Calvert, Kate Geraghty, Amber Hooper, Joni Kabana, Johannes Remling and Martha Tadesse.

Patient names and images have been changed to protect the identities of those we help.