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Obstetric Fistula Surgery

Obstetric Fistula Surgery is a Life-changing Procedure

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is globally renowned for its obstetric fistula surgery technique.

Developed by Drs Catherine and Reg 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 cesarean section delivery, free of charge.

There are currently approximately 31,000 women living with fistula injuries and 1,000 women in Ethiopia suffer a new fistula injury every year. Through Project Zero, we’ve made it our mission to bring this number down to zero.

The Cost of Surgical Treatment

In most cases, obstetric fistula can be repaired with a single life-changing surgery that, for some, can take no more than an hour. However, there are many women whose surgical treatment needs are more complex:

  • $900 covers the cost of surgery for a woman with simple obstetric fistula
  • $2,500 covers the cost of surgery for a woman with complex obstetric fistula

Your donation can help restore the dignity and health of Ethiopian women living with traumatic birth injuries.

Ethiopian Surgeons in the middle of an obstetric fistula surgery

Ethiopian Surgeons in the middle of an obstetric fistula surgery

Help finish what Catherine started

Make a tax deductible donation to help eradicate fistula. Forever.
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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 have been changed to protect the identities of those we help.