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Supporting women in Tigray and Hamlin's Mekele Fistula Hospital

Following the end of the civil war in Tigray a year ago, Hamlin’s Mekele Fistula Hospital has re-opened its doors in early 2023. It faces many challenges in its endeavor to return to its pre-war level of operation, including equipment in disrepair, expired medication and critically, an increase in the backlog of women requiring fistula surgery.

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Double the women treated

Thanks to generous donors, we have started purchasing new medical equipment and medication for a second operating theater to treat double the number of women. Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s management team has completed a thorough assessment to determine the extent of the work needed to restore and update the hospital buildings and replace medical equipment and supplies. 

Finding hidden cases

Hamlin’s patient identification officers in the region are hard at work looking for women hidden away with fistula and transporting them to Hamlin’s Mekele Fistula Hospital for treatment and rehabilitation. Five of fifteen Hamlin-supported midwifery clinics near the hospital are being renovated, with ongoing support provided to Hamlin Midwives placed in the clinics.

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With your help, we will continue to support our extended Hamlin family and patients in Mekele as they recover from years of brutality and trauma.


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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.