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Exclusively supporting the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital
and the Hamlin College of Midwives

Wholehearted commitment to women with childbirth injuries, with God's love and compassion

Dr Catherine Hamlin
Winner of the Right Livelihood Award 2009

Background - Work amongst poor women with childbirth injuries

In 1959, Drs 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 discovered 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!  The magnitude of the problem was such that they decided to build a hospital dedicated to treating these unfortunate fistula patients. (Click here for Stories.)

That was 55 years ago and now their work is known world-wide in gynaecology.  They pioneered the surgery to cure these poor women when everyone else said it couldn't be done.  Dr Reg Hamlin said they needed to "light a candle for Africa" and together, they have suceeded in lighting that candle for all the underdeveloped world.

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".   Read more about New Zealander, Dr Reg.

Great Ethiopian Run has been launched!  Read on

Click here to read all about it, then return here to download the Application Form

Dr Catherine Hamlin Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 2014

Dr Tedros, the Ethiopian Minister for Foreign Affairs nominated Dr Hamlin for the Nobel Peace Prize.  Although the Prize was awarded elsewhere, it was a great honour to be nominated.  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


Do browse the Archive page for previous newsletters  and  stories of  past events  both  in  the UK and in Ethiopia.


A poster strung on a tree says what every patient feels.

The Society of Gynecological Surgeons in the USA have honoured Dr Hamlin with the Distinguished Surgeon of the Year 2014 Award. 

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