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Meet our Clinical Team: Dr Melaku Abriha

Dr Melaku Abriha - Medical Director and Fistula Surgeon at Hamlin’s Mekele Fistula Hospital

Dr Melaku Abriha is a Senior Obstetrician-Gynecologist and Urogynecologist with 30 years clinical experience.

Dr Melaku has been a valued member of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s Clinical Team for the past 16 years. He is in charge of Hamlin’s Mekele Fistula Hospital, a busy hospital for fistula repair in the north of Ethiopia. Mekele Fistula Hospital opened in 2006 and is strategically located to serve populations from Tigray, Afar and Amhara regions.

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Dr Melaku chose to work at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia because “it has professional freedom, you serve your patients with worry and apply every available solution to cure them. But most of all I like to work at Hamlin because we help the poorest of poor on the planet. We are making a difference.”

Dr Melaku first met Dr Catherine Hamlin in 2001 when he was undertaking his internship at Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital; “She has been a role model for my career ever since. She and her late husband, Dr Reg were champions for holistic fistula treatment not only for Ethiopia but for the rest of the world as well. They inspired me.”

From the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia's five regional obstetric fistula hospitals across Ethiopia, the Hamlin Clinical Team is dedicated to providing best-practice care and continuing Catherine's vision of eradicating fistula. Forever.


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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.