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December 10, 2020
Hamlin's Prevention Program FY20

β€œMy 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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December 8, 2020
Meet our Clinical Team: Dr Biniyam Sirak

Dr Biniyam Sirak is one of the youngest surgeons at Hamlin's Yirgalem Fistula Hospital. Like so many talented Ethiopians, Biniyam was drawn to working with Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia because of its commitment to caring for vulnerable women suffering with obstetric fistula. A career written in the stars Biniyam's connection to Hamlin is certainly unique: he […]

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December 4, 2020
Hamlin Alumni: Ruth Kennedy on 'Emaye'

Ruth Kennedy is a Scottish midwife who grew up in Brazil. Ruth first met Dr Catherine Hamlin in 1991. Below is the second in a series of blogs about her experience working with Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia. Our friendship developed from that first introduction. The delightful old-world afternoon tea that Catherine offered to those she favored, […]

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December 3, 2020
FIGO Update: Hamlin-trained Surgeons Making an Impact

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia has a long history of training surgeons from around the world in best-practice fistula surgery techniques. Since the inception of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, surgeons visited Dr Catherine Hamlin to learn, and Hamlin surgeons traveled abroad to other medical facilities to provide training. Since 2014, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia has provided this training in […]

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November 26, 2020
The Gift of a Trusted Companion in Labor

The power of ONE to transform maternal health care. When a woman has access to a trusted companion, her childbirth experience and maternal health outcomes improve. A recent article from the World Health Organization (WHO) strongly reiterated the need for women to have a chosen companion during labor and childbirth, even in the midst of […]

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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.