Hamlin Fistula UK
(formerly Hamlin Churchill Childbirth Injuries Fund)

Exclusively supporting the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia
Wholehearted commitment to women with childbirth injuries, with God's love and compassion

(Registered under Charities Act 1960 - Charity Number 1153053)

 
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FANTASTIC NEWS!
  Dr Tedros, the Ethiopian Minister for Foreign Affairs has nominated Dr Hamlin for the Nobel Peace Prize.    Read the Statement from Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia:

"Dr Hamlin is humbled by the news that Dr Tedros Adhanom, the Ethiopian Minister for Foreign Affairs, has chosen to nominate her for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.  It is a great honour and a privilege to be held in such a high esteem by the Minister who has been a great supporter of Dr Hamlin and her work in Ethiopia for many years". - Martin Andrews, CEO, HFE
 

  Happy 90th Birthday Dr Catherine Hamlin!  Read more here.  Read Oprah Winfrey's message on this momentous occasion.
 
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This is a site dedicated to hope and rebirth, made possible by the generosity of our donors.  The task is enormous and we hope you will see in the photos on these pages how much you have done for these unfortunate women and how your kindness continues to reach out and help them where no other help is available.  The hallmark of the hospital is love and compassion.  Walking into the drive pictured below from the noisy and dirty city, the atmosphere immediately changes.

 
   

The Hospital Entrance at the Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa

Dr Catherine Hamlin
Winner of The Right Livelihood Award 2009
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Background - Work amongst poor women with childbirth injuries

In 1959, Dr Reg and Catherine Hamlin, Gynaecologists and Obstetricians from New Zealand and Australia went to Ethiopia to work in the Princess Tsehai Hospital in Addis Ababa. They soon found the distressing state of many women who had complications in childbirth and who were not welcomed in the local hospitals because of the offensive nature of their injuries - the smell!

By 1975, the Hamlins had raised sufficient funds world-wide to build their own dedicated Hospital for these patients. A new 50 bed hospital was opened then and aproximately 25 women a week are treated for vaginal fistulas.  Great distances are travelled by patients, even from Kenya, Sudan and Somalia and often on foot.

Their efforts have been assisted by this charity, which was formed in 1968, following a fund-raising tour by the Hamlins to the Birmingham Medical School in England.

Dr Reg Hamlin died in 1993.  He is buried in the British War Graves Cemetery in Addis Ababa and the epitaph on his tombstone fittingly reads, "A man of vision and compassion".

The hospital in Addis Ababa as portrayed by Google Earth. 

The Hospital by the River!

President - Clive Hewitt FCA; UK Trustees - Malcolm Hewitt OBE MA(Oxon) (Chairman), Brian Hancock MD FRCS, Betty Rose (Hon Sec), Jean Hadley, Fatma Hatimy, Phillipa Parkes BSc FCA, Ginny Randle BA, Ross Spencer BA GradDip, Beverley Stewart BSc, Fiona Wilkes BA and Rev Brian Taylor.  CEO - Laurence Parkes FCA
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