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January 8, 2020
2020: International Year of the Midwife

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Through this designation, the WHO is recognizing the work of the world’s 22 million nurses and two million midwives, including the life-saving work of midwives in Ethiopia. Prevention – through the work of Hamlin Midwives – is […]

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December 18, 2019
Depression and Fistula - the Harsh Reality

Depression and Fistula. The heartbreaking reality of an obstetric fistula injury for women in sub-Saharan Africa is that its consequences go far beyond the physical damage caused by the traumatic childbirth. For women suffering from fistula, the constant leakage of urine and/or feces leads to inescapable stigmatization within their communities that often results in social […]

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December 16, 2019
Hamlin & PMNCH - Stronger Together

Hamlin & PMNCH Partnership  The Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation recognizes that the enormous task of eradicating obstetric fistula forever cannot be achieved in isolation. With the support of allied organizations, we are better placed to achieve this vitally important aim.  Consequently, Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation is a proud member of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn […]

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July 11, 2018
Portable Ultrasound Machines at the Hamlin College of Midwives

The importance of ultrasound  Portable ultrasound machines can literally save the lives of mothers and babies. It is something that we often take for granted in industrialized countries, but in Ethiopia this is a service that has hitherto been unavailable particularly in rural health centers.  Imagine trying to look after a patient but not knowing […]

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May 25, 2018
Measuring the Numbers of Untreated Obstetric Fistula

By: Dr Alison Morgan, Head, Maternal Sexual and Reproductive Health Unit, Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne  Measuring the Numbers of Untreated Obstetric Fistula: The Example of Ethiopia  While Ethiopia has experienced a reduction in the number of obstetric fistula cases over the last 10 years, estimating the number of women who have untreated […]

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January 17, 2018
WHO recommendation on duration of bladder catheterization after surgical repair of simple obstetric urinary fistula

Short period of postoperative bladder catheterization effective for repair of simple urinary fistula  The World Health Organization has issued new recommendations on the length of bladder catheterization following the surgical repair of a simple obstetric urinary fistula.   The WHO Guidelines are for health-care professionals, particularly fistula surgeons and nurses providing postoperative care to women after surgery […]

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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.