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Hamlin's Prevention Program in 2021

"Midwifery, I believe, is the answer - to put a well-trained midwife in every village would soon eradicate obstetric fistula."

Dr Catherine Hamlin

Fistula prevention in FY21

Hamlin Midwives play an essential role in preventing obstetric fistula injuries and saving the lives of hundreds of mothers and babies every year. Based in more than 50 Hamlin-supported midwifery clinics across rural Ethiopia, these trained professionals also support, nurture and empower women while sharing invaluable knowledge, building trusting networks and transforming entire communities in rural Ethiopia. This year, our midwives have been on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19, helping to prevent infection in the communities they work in.

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The Hamlin College of Midwives continues to be a center of excellence for the training of midwives. In FY21, 23 students graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery degree from the Hamlin College of Midwives. There are currently 95 students undertaking their midwifery degree at the College.

Hamlin Midwives are preventing fistula injuries and transforming rural communities. 22,344 babies were delivered at Hamlin-supported midwifery clinics in FY21. 32,938 women were provided with vital antenatal care at Hamlin-supported midwifery clinics.

Catherine's vision lives on

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โ€œI would like to send my sincere appreciation for [your] loving support of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia and for the Hamlin College of Midwives. The Hamlins dedicated their entire lives to womenโ€™s healthcare and now itโ€™s our turn to keep their legacy moving forward as much as possible.โ€ - Ato Zelalem Belete, Dean of the Hamlin College of Midwives and Prevention Manager at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia

Thank you for supporting Hamlinโ€™s Prevention Program in FY21. To learn more about Hamlin's work in 2021, click here to read our Year in Review Newsletter.


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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.