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September 25, 2023
Help finally arrives for Aster

Half a century ago, Aster gave birth to a stillborn baby boy. With no access to medical care her long, obstructed labor resulted in an obstetric fistula, a condition she has lived with ever since.

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July 10, 2023
Congratulations to graduates of the Women’s Empowerment Program!

We’re delighted that the January intake of 49 trainees recently graduated from Hamlin’s Women’s Empowerment Program!

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July 10, 2023
A new life for prolapse patient, Selenat

Selenat’s prolapse injury occurred during the home birth of her fourth child. She endured her injury for 25 long years.

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April 4, 2023
Your Support in Action: Haile's story

Haile’s happy life with her new husband in the remote hillside village of Yirgachefe in South Ethiopia was shattered when she lost her baby in childbirth and sustained a fistula injury three years ago.

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November 13, 2022
The impact of love: Abebech's story

Abebech’s story is like that of many women in remote parts of Ethiopia. She had nothing when she arrived at a Hamlin Yirgalem fistula hospital but then she received a Comfort Package.

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October 26, 2022
Groundbreaking initiative places women’s empowerment first, as Dr Catherine Hamlin’s ‘Joy Village’ turns 20 years old.

A ground-breaking initiative in Ethiopia is aiming to empower women who have faced years of social isolation and suffering due to devastating fistula injuries.

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May 19, 2022
International Day to End Obstetric Fistula 2022

23 May marks the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, the devastating injury caused during an obstructed labor.

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March 7, 2022
International Women's Day 2022: Break the bias on fistula

As part of International Women’s Day 2022, Hamlin is reflecting on the importance of breaking the bias that obstetric fistula patients face. We want to see a world free of stereotypes and discrimination. A world where access to equitable and holistic health care empowers women to determine their own futures. International Women's Day 2022 The […]

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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.