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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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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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July 15, 2021
Meet our Clinical Team: Mamitu Gashe

Almost every fistula surgeon in the world today has been trained by Mamitu Gashe, or by someone who’s been trained by Mamitu.

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July 14, 2021
Record Treatment Impact at Hamlin Fistula Hospitals, Made Possible By You

The Hamlin clinical team is globally renowned for its treatment technique. Surgeons from all over the world have trained at Hamlin to learn this acclaimed best practice for obstetric fistula repair surgery. In addition to Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, Hamlin has five regional fistula hospitals across Ethiopia to ensure access for women in remote […]

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July 14, 2021
Proud of Hamlin, Proud of You! Thank You For Your Ongoing Support

A message from Carolyn Hardy: Chief Executive Officer, Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation This year was a year of tremendous success at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia. In the twelve months from July 2020 to June 2021, 1,508 surgeries were performed at Hamlin’s six fistula hospitals. That’s 1,508 women’s lives restored. Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s outreach officers and clinical […]

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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 have been changed to protect the identities of those we help.