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October 26, 2021
A New Start for Tarekech

Obstetric fistula took a year from Tarekech’s life. For months, Tarekech's childbirth injury caused her to feel ashamed and worried about the state of her bed sheets and clothes. Thanks to the work of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s Clinical Team, Tarekech is now dry and ready to start a new chapter of her life at the […]

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September 16, 2021
The Hamlin College of Midwives Welcomes New Midwifery Students! 

We are thrilled to announce that the new class of passionate midwifery students have arrived at the Hamlin College of Midwives. The Hamlin College of Midwives welcomed 20 new students who are very excited about pursuing their four-year Bachelor of Science in Midwifery degree. The students had their induction and have started classes.  Meanwhile, second and […]

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September 16, 2021
Hamlin's Exciting New Women's Empowerment Program

Hamlin has launched a new Women’s Empowerment Program to provide more former fistula patients with the chance to learn at Desta Mender.

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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 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 specialized in […]

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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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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.