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Canadian Donors Are Powering X-ray Imaging at Hamlin's Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital

Thanks to the generosity of our Canadian supporters and KBF Canada, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia has a new state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine for the Radiology Unit at Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.

The new ‘Carestream Focus Detector’ X-ray machine is wireless, portable and provides immediate, high quality digital images, supporting precise and timely diagnoses for women in need of help.

Canadian xray 1500x1000 1 | Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation | Together we can eradicate obstetric fistula in Ethiopia.

Life changing care

For Asegedech (below), the importance of the high-quality care provided by the Hamlin Clinical Team cannot be understated. “I pray for His blessings to everyone who supported my cure including those who fund the work of this hospital. You have changed my life.” Asegedech

Asegedech lived hidden with devastating fistula injuries for 20 years, before she found a cure at Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.

Asegedech 1500x1000 1 | Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation | Together we can eradicate obstetric fistula in Ethiopia.

Emergency and complex fistula injuries can be assessed

The new x-ray machine will be vital in assessing women’s injuries through:

• emergency imaging for inpatients and outpatients in need of critical support

• urinary tract imaging – to understand how much damage a fistula has caused

• imaging in preparation of stoma therapy for patients who have complex fistulas, unable to be cured via surgery.

The digital X-ray machine eliminates the need for dark room work, reducing costs for film and processing chemicals. It also reduces Hamlin’s environmental impact through the absence of polluting by-products.

Your support is transforming lives

Thank you to all of the Canadian supporters who are helping us to ensure women in Ethiopia can access the high-quality medical assistance they need, in order to rebuild their lives.

Your support is helping to transform these women’s futures.


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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.