As with all ventures carrying the Hamlin name, the standards are extremely high and other African countries are following the progress and asking to send their own candidates. Lighting a candle for Africa is truly happening.
Hamlin Fistula UK
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
Hamlin College of Midwives
The Hamlins first came to Ethiopia to set up a midwifery school but when they saw the extent of the fistula problems, they dedicated their time and talents to treating the unfortunate victims. Forty years passed before the original dream could begin to come to fruition. In 2007, the College began to take shape and now there are several year's graduates out in remote areas helping women to experience safe antenatel care and delivery. The College grounds are adjacent to the original Desta Mender site and accommodation in the traditional village style is provided. Read Dr Hamlin's comments in 2013.
Because of you - our supporters, the Hamlin midwives are being deployed throughout Ethiopia and helping women to have safe deliveries and a live birth. In the last year, the midwives attended 20,674 deliveries.
We are all excited to see our work changing from repairing fistulas in poor desperate women to helping them have safe births.
We have had the opportunity to assess these precious midwives already in the countryside Health Centers and to visit their ante-natal clinics in the Centers to see what equipment they need, as well as to encourage them and to let them know we are behind their work. So far they are within reach of our fistula regional hospitals, so have a referral place to send patients when they need an obstetrician to help - perhaps to do a Caesarean Section for an obstructed labour or a patient needing a blood transfusion etc. It is most important for us to keep in touch with these midwives, so they know they are not forgotten and that we are thankful for their good work! I have visited some of these Centres, some seem very remote to me, and I know the girls appreciate such visits. - Dr Catherine Hamlin