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Meet our Clinical Team: Dr Leta

Since September 2020, Dr Leta has been Medical Director and Surgeon at Hamlin’s Harar Fistula Hospital, working tirelessly to make Dr Catherine Hamlin’s dream of an Ethiopia free of obstetric fistula a reality.

During his days as a medical student, Dr Leta’s life was profoundly affected by the mothers he cared for and got to know. Hearing stories of women who lived for decades in pain and isolation, and witnessing their shame, Dr Leta knew he had to do something to alleviate their suffering. Inspired by the work of Drs Reg and Catherine Hamlin, he started working at Hamlin’s Harar Fistula Hospital in September 2020, where he has since performed over 70 life-changing surgeries on women –including Amina.

Dr Leta's dream to find every fistula patient

According to Dr Leta, many challenges still lie ahead on the road to a fistula-free Ethiopia. “There is still a lack of awareness of the dangers of home delivery and labour complication. There are not enough skilled birth attendants to help women everywhere, and a lack of roads and ambulances are a big problem” Dr Leta assesses.

Hamlin’s Patient Identification Program is a huge step towards getting women the help they need – and making sure that all mothers have the access to medical and maternal care that they all deserve. Dr Leta is determined to make fistula a thing of the past. “The smile on the face of my patients when their dignity is restored is the best part of my job. It’s why I won’t stop until Ethiopian mothers can enjoy a safe pregnancy, delivery and life with their children,” says Dr Leta.

Your support makes it possible for Hamlin's Clinical Team to treat and care for women suffering from fistula. Click here to learn more about the Hamlin Clinical Team.


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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.