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Meet our Clinical Team: Dr Biniyam Sirak

Dr Biniyam Sirak is one of the youngest surgeons at Hamlin's Yirgalem Fistula Hospital. Like so many talented Ethiopians, Biniyam was drawn to working with Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia because of its commitment to caring for vulnerable women suffering with obstetric fistula.

A career written in the stars

Biniyam's connection to Hamlin is certainly unique: he was born at Desta Mender! At the time of Biniyam's birth, the grounds where Desta Mender currently sits was the site of an orphanage. It was at this orphanage where Biniyam's father worked, and consequently where he was born.

42of60 fistula surgeon biniyam 1 | Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation (USA) | Working to eradicate obstetric fistula. Forever.

For the past 15 years, Dr Biniyam Sirak has worked as a doctor, specialising in obstetrics, gynaecology and urogynaecology. His expertise has led him to teach gynaecology at a tertiary level. A talented medical professional, Biniyam was drawn to working with Hamlin due to its best-practice maternal care.

"Hamlin is a centre of excellence in its holistic and patient-centred care. It is a well-structured, ever-growing institution that grabs the interest of whoever wants to grow further," says Biniyam.

42of60 fistula surgeon biniyam3 | Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation (USA) | Working to eradicate obstetric fistula. Forever.

Inspired to act

Beyond its excellent clinical reputation, the incredible work of Dr Catherine Hamlin has inspired Biniyam's time as a fistula surgeon. Over 550 Ethiopians work for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, inspired to eradicate fistula in Ethiopia by 2030.

The Hamlin Model of Care, which prioritises excellence in care and treating each patient with the dignity and respect she inherently deserves, shapes how Biniyam approaches his work treating fistula sufferers. "The selflessness of Drs Reg and Catherine Hamlin in establishing such a specialised centre for the marginalised women of my country remains the inspiration behind my choice to prioritise helping these women over my own personal comfort. There is nothing that I would love more than progressing further with Hamlin and continuing the Hamlins' work. No words can explain my gratitude to both of them," reflects Biniyam.

42of60 fistula surgeon biniyam2 | Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation (USA) | Working to eradicate obstetric fistula. Forever.

Dr Biniyam Sirak is part of Hamlin's dedicated clinical and treatment team. Click here to meet our 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 and images have been changed to protect the identities of those we help.