In most cases obstetric fistula can be repaired with a single life-changing surgery that, for some, can take no more than an hour. Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is globally renowned for its obstetric fistula surgery technique. Developed by Dr. Hamlin, this pioneering surgical technique has been recognized as a best practice in global health by leading organizations like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Global Health Council, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Distinguished Surgeon Award from the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons and the Australian Medical Association.
Today, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is fully staffed by more than 550 Ethiopian medical professionals who work towards Catherine’s dream of transforming women’s healthcare throughout Ethiopia. In addition to Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, five regional hospitals have been established to respond to the significant demand for obstetric fistula surgery. All six hospitals also provide a safe childbirth facility where former patients can return for a clean, safe caesarean section delivery, free of charge. In 2019 alone, 6,077 women were treated at Hamlin hospitals and the clinical team at Hamlin performed 1,000 fistula and fistula related surgeries.