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Hamlin's Prevention Program FY20

“My dream is for a midwife in every village of Ethiopia.”

- Dr Catherine Hamlin

Prevention

In FY20, Hamlin Midwives continued to prevent obstetric fistula and hundreds of maternal and neonatal deaths. They also support, nurture and empower women while sharing invaluable knowledge and building trusting networks, transforming entire communities in rural Ethiopia.

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The Prevention Program in FY20 saw Hamlin Midwives working across Ethiopia. There are now 80 Hamlin-supported midwifery clinics across rural Ethiopia. This year, our midwives have also been on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19, helping to prevent infection in the communities they work in.

The Hamlin College of Midwives continues to be a center of excellence for the training of midwives:

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prevention 4 | Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation (USA) | Working to eradicate obstetric fistula. Forever.
prevention 5 | Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation (USA) | Working to eradicate obstetric fistula. Forever.

Studying Midwifery during a pandemic

The temporary closure of the Hamlin College of Midwives in March sent students back home to study remotely from rural communities across Ethiopia. Each cohort had a designated advisor supporting them via phone, as well as via email and online learning groups where possible. Students also visited nearby government clinics for practical observations. Despite these challenges, the class of 2020 all graduated with a BSc in Midwifery! The College re-opened in September in time for the new academic year.

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Thank you for supporting Hamlin's Prevention Program in FY20. To learn more about prevention, click here. 

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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.