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September 16, 2021
Transforming Lives, Thanks To You

From July 2020 to June 2021, a record-breaking 1,567 surgeries were performed at Hamlin; transforming the lives of 1,567 women.

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September 16, 2021
Jane is Helping Fistula Patients Through Her Gift in Will

Our work to eradicate obstetric fistula is only possible thanks to the generosity of our supporters. One way to make a meaningful contribution to the continuation of Dr Catherine Hamlin’s work and a lasting tribute to women across Ethiopia is through leaving a gift in your Will, also known as a bequest. Jane is helping […]

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September 16, 2021
Tremendous Commitment

A message from Carolyn Hardy: Chief Executive Officer, Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation It is almost one year since Healing Lives was published telling the untold story of the inspiring friendship between Mamitu Gashe and Catherine Hamlin. Mamitu was by Catherine’s side for 50 years. These two formidable women, together with the dedicated Ethiopian clinical team […]

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August 16, 2021
Meet our Clinical Team: Dr Bitew

Dr Bitew Abebe is the Medical Director and Surgeon at Hamlin’s Bahir Dar Fistula Hospital. His work as a urogynecologist and obstetric fistula surgeon has transformed the lives of thousands of Ethiopian women. Dr Bitew joined Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia in 2009. Prior to working at Hamlin, he studied medicine at the Addis Ababa University and […]

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August 6, 2021
Extraordinary Care and Love: Zinash's story

Zinash's story transformed from struggle to joy through the extraordinary care and love of the staff at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia. For Zinash, being referred to a Hamlin fistula hospital was life changing, and the care she received would end her suffering from fistula once and for all. Living in a small rural town in southern […]

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August 3, 2021
The UNFPA’s 2021 SWOP Report and Hamlin Maternal Care

The UNFPA's 2021 SWOP Report highlights many of the issues Hamlin is working to address, including access to maternal health care in Ethiopia.

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July 19, 2021
Meet our Clinical Team: Dr Wondwossen

Meet Dr Wondwossen Ergete Woldeab: urologist at Hamlin's Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, and respected member of Hamlin's Clinical Team.

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July 15, 2021
Woldia University Study Highlights Importance of Hamlin’s Rural Presence

Using data from the 2016 Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey, a recent 2021 study by Woldia University (published 7 July 2021) in Ethiopia has identified obstetric fistula as a devastating obstetric issue in Ethiopia with continued prevalence. The study looked at 7,590 women over five years who had given birth and found that of these […]

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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.