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Our Regional Hospitals
Our regional hospitals began life as outreach centres for women who needed our help in their local areas. Now these each have their own small networks of clinics with our deployed midwives. The midwifery clinic may be some miles away but has the ability to take a lady in distressing labour to a regional hospital for specialist care and often a Caesarian Section.
The expansion programme was announced at the beginning of the new Millennium and Dr Catherine Hamlin's comment then was,
"We are embarking on the most extensive development program since 1974. We want to be able to cure many more fistula patients and to help this dreadful problem from occurring."
The Outreach Centres are strategically placed around Ethiopia at Bahir Dar, Harar, Mekelle, Metu and Yirga Alem. (See names in red on mapabove.) These centres are now built and fully operational.
The Ethiopian Minister of Health, (pictured here with Dr Hamlin at her 90th birthday celebrations) made a promise from the podium to a roar of applause that by her 100th birthday, fistula would be eradicated in Ethiopia and all her hospitals would be Maternity Hospitals.
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This is the beginning of the fulfilment of the Hamlins' dream of the eradication of fistula in Ethiopia. The work will always include treatment of fistula for as long as it is required but now it is possible to effectively work towards prevention.
Bahir Dar - Opened in 2005, the centre is about 450 miles from Addis Ababa. In this area of Ethiopia girls are often married as young as 7 or 8 and these girls can suffer internal injuries similar to obstetric fistula.
Ladies awaiting their operations.
A patient awaiting her operation now that she has been fed a healthy diet for a few days to regain some strength. They often arrive very emaciated.
This young girl was gored by the horns of a cow. Her injury was similar to a fistula so our doctors were happy to repair her (at no cost).
Mekele - Opened in February 2006, Mekele is the capital of the regional state of Tigray in the most northern part of Ethiopia, 465 miles from Addis Ababa. Tigray has a population of about 4.1 million with only one obstetrician for every 1 million people and one midwife for every 33,700 people.
Metu - Opened in 2010, this centre is 375 miles from Addis. It is considered a "remote site" as roads are very poor. It takes 12 hours to drive there and communication and transport are very difficult. It has become a very busy centre.
Yirgalem - Opened in 2006, this centre is 200 miles south of Addis in the Sidamo area, with a population of 14 million. In order to reach fistula sufferers, the area's Health Officer has initiated programmes to let them know about the centre. One of these is advertisements on the local radio and the effect is very positive. It is a particularly difficult region to work in because it has many cultures and languages. Patients can feel very isolated when no one can be found to translate for them. The hospital staff face many challenges here. The UK Trust supports this centre's running costs.