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February 23, 2021
What is the Hamlin Model of Care?

The Hamlin Model of Care is the world's leading approach to treating obstetric fistula injuries; treating the physical and psychological trauma of fistula.

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January 28, 2021
Hamlin Impact Report: November-December 2020

The extraordinary medical professionals at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia have made significant progress over the last few months, despite the enormous challenges they have faced. Their unwavering determination to continue Dr Catherine Hamlin’s work is an inspiration to all. Through the newly developed Treatment Dashboard, Hamlin's Management and Clinical Teams are able to assess the progress […]

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December 15, 2020
Mamitu's Return to Surgery

In news direct from Addis Ababa, we are delighted to announce Mamitu Gashe's return to surgery! Mamitu has been thriving, back in theater. When she is not operating on fistula patients, Mamitu has been spending her time in the wards with patients. An excerpt from 'Healing Lives' The day after the final candlelit ceremony to […]

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December 10, 2020
Hamlin’s Rehabilitation & Reintegration Program FY20

“To send women home to experience a normal life, after all they have suffered, is the greatest reward we can have.” - Dr Catherine Hamlin Rehabilitation Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s Rehabilitation and Reintegration centre, Desta Mender, embodies the Hamlin Model of Care, which is grounded in a fundamental respect for women with obstetric fistula injuries and […]

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December 10, 2020
Hamlin's Prevention Program FY20

“My dream is for a midwife in every village of Ethiopia.” - Dr Catherine Hamlin Prevention In FY20, Hamlin Midwives continued to prevent obstetric fistula and hundreds of maternal and neonatal deaths. They also support, nurture and empower women while sharing invaluable knowledge and building trusting networks, transforming entire communities in rural Ethiopia. The Prevention […]

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December 10, 2020
Hamlin’s Treatment Program FY20

Treatment Obstetric fistula is a complex injury that requires special treatment and care. The physical and psychological consequences are both debilitating and heartbreaking. Yet, most fistula injuries can be repaired with a simple 60-minute operation which completely restores a woman’s life and dignity. From July 2019-June 2020 (FY20), the team at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia continued […]

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December 10, 2020
Thank You Message from our CEO and Board

Thank you for your continued compassion As 2020 draws to a close, we reflect on an extraordinary year which saw the very sad passing of Dr Catherine Hamlin and the terrible impact of a global pandemic. We thank you for your continued compassion, love and trust in us. Mother Teresa once said: "Not all of […]

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December 10, 2020
Ayana's Journey to Hope

Ayana is one of the 24 patients found in the initial phase of Hamlin's Patient Identification Program. Her story is one of resilience through tragedy - and her journey to finding hope. The pain of fistula Ayana grew up in rural Southern Ethiopia, in a remote village where access to infrastructure is limited. In the […]

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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.