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An Award for Dr Catherine Hamlin
The Alternative Nobel Prize"


On Tuesday 13 October 2009, it was announced that Dr Catherine Hamlin was to be bestowed with The Right Livelihood Award 2009. This award was established in Sweden in 1980 to honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today and is recognised as the world’s premiere award for personal courage and social transformation.



Dr Hamlin with some of her Patients


Dr Hamlin said, “The plight of the women who come to the hospital in Addis Ababa and its four regional centres continues to be as severe and heart-wrenching today as the plight of the first fistula patients we saw half a century ago. For this reason we continue to love and care for them, to alleviate their suffering and to cure them of their physical and psychological injuries. Increasing public awareness in the developed world has led to growing support of our work.” Dr Hamlin and her husband came to Ethiopia fifty years ago and the candle they lit then is still burning today.




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