It is a very exciting time for the
Fistula Hospital. Many years have been spent simply operating on
the poor unfortunate women, but only in Addis. Now, at long last,
real progress is being made in putting facilities in the outlying
regions so that the women can be treated closer to home. The
latest Fistula Centre to be opened is Harar in the eastern and
predominantly Muslim area of Ethiopia.
These photos give a brief overview of the centre and its
opening ceremony. Click on each picture to see a larger image.
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The Harar Hospitalís opening ceremony was Friday, 9
May 2008. The Hospital began accepting new patients on 1 June 2008. The
Hospital has 40 beds.
The opening ceremony featured speeches by Dr.
Catherine Hamlin, AAFH Founder; Richard Hamlin; Ato Tekalign Gedamu,
AAFH Board Chair and Honorary Member of Fistula Foundation Board;
Kassahun Kebede, Fistula Foundation Board Chair; Abaynesh Asrat, Fistula
Foundation Board Member and Tesfa Ineste Chair, and Ethiopian Government
Harar is east of Addis Ababa, closer to the border of
Somalia. The Hamlin
American Partner Organisation, 'The Fistula Foundation', agreed to pay for
the cost of building the centre, providing the equipment needed and then
paying for the running costs, once completed.