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July 17, 2020
Growing stronger, together. Thank you for your support.

A message from Carolyn Hardy; Chief Executive Officer, Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation Growing stronger, together. COVID-19 has changed how we live and work and it has shown us the loss that can be caused by a virus that we cannot cure. Yet just as tragically, out of the public spotlight, is the plight of millions […]

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July 16, 2020
An Advocate for Fistula Patients, Global Issues and Good Grades

An Advocate for Fistula Patients, Global Issues and Good Grades. Californian student Libby Eggemeier took a normal class assignment as an opportunity to advocate for some of the most vulnerable women in the world. In the process, she won a grant to aid those very women suffering from obstetric fistula! A junior at the Menlo […]

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July 6, 2020
Hamlin Midwives Preventing Mother to Child Transmission of HIV

Skilled midwives are the difference between life and death, the difference between healthy mothers and horrendous fistula injuries and often they are also the difference between healthy babies and those born with HIV. The Hamlin College of Midwives was established in 2007. For more than a decade now, Hamlin has worked with the Ethiopian Ministry […]

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May 11, 2020
Help Achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN Sustainable Development Goals. Obstetric fistula changes the lives of the women who live with it. Grief, loneliness, confusion, isolation; a life of needless suffering that leaves women with emotional and physical scars.   What is obstetric fistula?   Obstetric fistula is an entirely preventable child-birth injury. It is caused by prolonged unrelieved obstructed labor that can […]

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April 30, 2020
Bravery Exemplified: Semenesh’s Story

Life before fistula  Semenesh’s Story. School was never an option for Semenesh. The small, rural village in Southern Ethiopia where she grew up was so isolated that it would take seven hours to walk to the nearest school or bus stop.  The employment opportunities in her village were limited; Semenesh and most of her family […]

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April 16, 2020
A Global Center of Excellence

A Global Center of Excellence. The Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital has become known as a global center of excellence in fistula surgery. By 2014, word of Dr Catherine Hamlin’s work and the need to eradicate obstetric fistula had spread – in particular, the Hamlins' work in training Ethiopians to become best-practice surgeons. Recognizing the excellent […]

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March 30, 2020
Building a Fistula-Free Future

When I die, this place will go on for many, many years until we have eradicated fistula altogether – until every woman in Ethiopia is assured of a safe delivery and a live baby. Dr Catherine Hamlin Building a Fistula-Free Future. If we ever need proof of the good in humanity, we only need to […]

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January 17, 2020
A Summit Advocating for the Advancement of Women's Rights

Advocating for the Advancement of Women's Rights. On 10th December 2019 over 100 stakeholders, advocates and dignitaries attended an advocacy event organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Ethiopian Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs, and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission. With the aim of influencing public policy and the means 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.