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Hamlin Midwives are key to Project Zero’s success 

“I am Mahilet Tegegn. I am a married Mom of two children, who I love caring for. 

I joined Project Zero in March 2023 as a mentor to the midwives at health centers. 

Mahilet Tegegn | Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation | Together we can eradicate obstetric fistula in Ethiopia.

I also give awareness to the community about obstetric fistula. I am highly ambitious to eradicate fistula and improve maternal health services. 

I studied midwifery at the Hamlin College of Midwives. I am very impressed by Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia for providing trained midwives at remote health centers and their commitment to eradicate fistula from Ethiopia. 

Women face a lack of quality service, poor infrastructure and a shortage of well-trained health professionals. My favourite part about my role is sharing my experience, knowledge and skill with the midwives, following up and giving them feedback. 

I feel that they [Drs Catherine and Reg Hamlin] are loved by Ethiopian mothers and the legacy they left for us is being compassionate for mothers suffering from fistula and fistula-related injuries. 

I will be happy and satisfied when fistula is eradicated and I expect to have fistula-free generations in the future.” 


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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.