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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

Monday 23rd May 2022 marks the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, the devastating injury caused during an obstructed labor, affecting tens of thousands of women in Ethiopia, who struggle to access maternal health care. 

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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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February 24, 2022
No Longer Defined by Fistula: Mulu's story

For half of her life, a horrific childbirth injury defined Mulu. Obstetric fistula stole Mulu’s joy, confidence, and relationships for 17 years. Today, thanks to a diversion surgery at Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, she is regaining her health, happiness, and sense of self. Four arduous days Mulu was born and raised in Benishangul-Gumuz, a […]

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February 17, 2022
From Heartbreak to Hope: Zemzem's journey

An obstetric fistula injury nearly cost Zemzem her life. For over a decade, she felt hopeless, ashamed and alone – until she underwent treatment at Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.  Rural and remote: Zemzem's life before fistula Zemzem’s village is nestled in the mountains of the Amhara region in northern Ethiopia. To access basic services – like transport, electricity, […]

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December 7, 2021
Five Days Without a Midwife: Almaz’s story

Five days. For five perilous days, Almaz endured an obstructed labor in her small Ethiopian village without a midwife. Without appropriate medical care, Almaz’s condition seriously deteriorated, and led to her suffering an obstetric fistula injury. The devastating impact of those five days without a midwife would be felt for ten long years. A life […]

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December 6, 2021
After Ten Painful Years, Joy For Kuma

Growing up in a rural village in southwestern Ethiopia, Kuma did not have access to quality maternal healthcare. As a result, she experienced an obstructed labor at home that resulted in her suffering obstetric fistula injuries. Kuma suffered with fistula for over ten years before she was identified and given life-changing treatment at Hamlin’s Addis […]

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