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Your support has freed Ayinalem from her fistula injury and a life of misery and solitude.

After months of hiding alone and in shame with her fistula injury, Ayinalem heard a Project Zero radio announcement urging her and other women with fistula to come to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia for treatment.

“After I came to this hospital I got treated and cured. Thank you for taking care of me.” — Ayinalem

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Ayinalem’s life was transformed by a simple fistula repair surgery at Hamlin’s Metu fistula hospital. Up to 31,000 Ethiopian women like Ayinalem still live with the pain and indignity of an untreated obstetric fistula injury – and up to 1,000 new cases occur each year.

Our mission is to make these numbers ZERO. With your support, we are confident it will be achieved.


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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.