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July 17, 2020
Thank You to Our Monthly Givers, You Are Amazing!

monthly - you are helping to change lives every day. Your monthly donations provide Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia with a reliable and sustainable income which helps us plan well into the future - that means the world to us. You are part of a committed community of people who are determined to eradicate obstetric fistula. Forever. Your support […]

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July 17, 2020
Reaching Every Woman With Fistula

Reaching Every Woman With Fistula. For too many women in Ethiopia, their poverty and geographic isolation increase the likelihood of them suffering an obstetric fistula injury. Geographic remoteness is a barrier to the care that fistula patients need, causing thousands of women to needlessly suffer the pain and trauma of fistula for years before they receive treatment.  […]

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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

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 School in the Bay Area, Libby has always fostered a […]

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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 28, 2020
Bravery Exemplified: Semenesh’s Story

Semenesh grew up in a small, rural village in Southern Ethiopia. Her village was so isolated that it would take seven hours to walk to the nearest school, clinic or bus stop. This isolation would drastically reduce the opportunities available to Semenesh. It would also contribute to Semenesh suffering a devastating injury called obstetric fistula. […]

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April 16, 2020
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 care and surgical practice maintained […]

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