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More women to receive rehabilitation services in 2024

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia has recently completed an in depth review of the rehabilitation services at each of its six Hamlin fistula hospitals. Following on from this review, each hospital will establish its own Multi-Disciplinary Team, with case workers for each patient, to expand its counseling, mental health and social support services.

Woman learning farming at Desta Mender

In addition, the core rehabilitation services of numeracy and literacy, handicrafts, life skills training and health education will be improved and upscaled in each hospital.

Treating the whole patient

Dr Catherine Hamlin always believed that treating a fistula patient isn’t just treating a hole in the bladder, but rather the whole woman with love and care. That’s why she developed the Rehabilitation and Reintegration Program at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia to further support women recovering from fistula injuries. 

Desta Mender pottery | Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation | Together we can eradicate obstetric fistula in Ethiopia.

Our team knows that repairing a woman’s fistula injury is not the end of her story. Having lived in social isolation for months or even years, re-entering the community can be daunting and few have an income that allows them to live independently.

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s rehabilitation services, which embody the Hamlin Model of Care, empower women to live a life with independence and dignity following their treatment.


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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.