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“My vision is to eradicate obstetric fistula from Ethiopia. I won’t achieve this in my lifetime, but you can in yours.” — Dr Catherine Hamlin 

Thousands of Ethiopian women’s lives are robbed by the devastating childbirth injury, obstetric fistula. Dr Catherine Hamlin devoted her life to giving women their lives back, ending their suffering and giving them health, hope and opportunity. 

Now it’s our turn to continue Catherine’s important work. Long-term supporter, Annalisa, has included a planned gift to Hamlin

Annalisa GIW | Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation | Together we can eradicate obstetric fistula in Ethiopia.

“I strongly empathize with women suffering from horrific injuries related to obstructed labor that leave them incontinent, shunned and living in isolation and poverty. It is not their fault they lose their babies and get injured during childbirth. They need to be fully supported. 

The first time I heard about Catherine Hamlin and obstetric fistula was through her book, The Hospital by the River. Catherine and her husband, Reg sacrificed much and were inspirational for dedicating their lives to eradicate obstetric fistula from Ethiopia.

 I went on the 16-day Hamlin Ethiopian Adventure in November 2015. It is heart-warming and uplifting to be able to help women recover from ill health and misery to live productive lives amongst family and community. I feel privileged to help prevent obstructed births through Hamlin’s cohorts of midwives, who are bringing about long-term change. 

Annalisa GIW 2 | Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation | Together we can eradicate obstetric fistula in Ethiopia.

We should honor Catherine and Reg’s legacy by continuing their work and building bridges between our two countries.” For more information about leaving a legacy gift, visit catherinehamlin.org/planned-giving 


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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 have been changed to protect the identities of those we help.