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September 16, 2020
Preventative Measures in Unprecedented Times

Hamlin hospitals All patients arriving at Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital are assessed and monitored for COVID-19. A building, separate from the main hospital, has been set up for patients to stay while this takes place. If no symptoms are detected, their fistula assessment and treatment is scheduled. If patients have symptoms, they will be […]

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September 16, 2020
Mamitu Gashe’s Incredible Story

The fistula patient, the fistula surgeon, the woman "If you have no leg, you can go with a crutch. If you are blind, there is somebody to help you around. For fistula, this is worse. Family, father, brother, mum, they can’t help... I would be ashamed, because when I got up, there might be a […]

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September 16, 2020
Leaving a Meaningful, Lasting Legacy

Leaving a meaningful, lasting legacy. Since the beginning, a movement of generous people have supported Drs Catherine and Reg Hamlin’s dream to eradicate obstetric fistula. Whether it’s leaving a gift in your will or fundraising in a creative way, because of YOU more Ethiopian women are getting the maternal health care they deserve. Barb, a […]

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September 16, 2020
Studying Midwifery During a Pandemic

Studying Midwifery during a pandemic. Like millions of students around the globe, Rahmet’s studies have looked a little different this year; through emails, online discussion boards, and phone calls, the third year midwifery student has been continuing her studies from home during a nation-wide lockdown. The new normal In March, following the announcement of the […]

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September 16, 2020
Maternal Health and COVID-19

Maternal health and COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed extraordinary strain on health systems across the globe and disrupted essential maternal services. For too many women, access to potential life saving perinatal and postnatal care is a challenge as countries redirect health resources to tackle COVID-19. The impact of COVID-19 on maternal health The impact […]

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September 16, 2020
Buritu's Journey

Buritu's journey from the devastation of obstetric fistula to the hope of a new life after being cured at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital demonstrates the need to take preventative action to stop fistulas from occurring in the first place - as well as the incredible impact of the Hamlin Model of Care. Buritu's journey: […]

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September 15, 2020
One of the World's Finest Fistula Surgeons

"Mamitu is so valuable. She’s one of the world’s top fistula surgeons. Just think: almost every fistula surgeon in the world today has been trained by Mamitu Gashe, or by someone who’s been trained by Mamitu." - Dr Yeshineh, Medical Director, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia. From humble beginnings, and with the support of thousands of our […]

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August 10, 2020
Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, thanks to you

Your regular support changes lives Sustainable Development Goals. Obstetric fistula changes the lives of the women who live with it. Grief, loneliness, confusion, isolation; a life of needless suffering that leaves women with emotional and physical scars.   By eradicating fistula, through treatment and prevention, we will move towards a fairer and more just world for […]

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