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Obstetric Fistula Surgery

Obstetric Fistula Surgery is a Life-changing surgical Procedure

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 cesarean section delivery, free of charge. in 2021 alone, 1,567 fistula and fistula-related surgeries were performed at Hamlin hospitals.

Ethiopian Surgeons in the middle of an obstetric fistula surgery

Ethiopian Surgeons in the middle of an obstetric fistula surgery

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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.