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First four patients found through Project Zero

These brave women are the first four patients to be found and treated for their fistula injuries through Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s Project Zero.

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Their smiles speak volumes. Years of suffering are finally over and they are looking forward to new lives with dignity, connection and possibility. Fana, Aster, Mengesha and Abebe encapsulate what Project Zero is all about. No more suffering. No more pain. No more isolation and shame.

“We have to eradicate Ethiopia of this awful thing that’s happening to women: suffering, untold suffering, in the countryside. I leave this with you to do in the future, to carry on.” – Dr Catherine Hamlin

If you haven’t already, you can make a donation at catherinehamlin.org/donate to help find, treat and empower more women.


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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.