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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

Dr Catherine Hamlin
Winner of the Right Livelihood Award 2009 and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee 2014

Thank you to ALL our supporters!!

It is a very exciting time for Hamlin Fistula and the work in Ethiopia.  Drs Reg and Catherine's dream of eradicating fistula in Ethiopia is coming true.  The Minister of Health hopes that fistula will be largely eradicated by 2020.  This could not be achieved without the wonderful support of all our donors over the last 50 years.

Dr Catherine with the Minister of Health.


Our presence in Ethiopia

Because of you, 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. 

Click here for more about the College.

A wonderful celebration of Dr Hamlin's 94th birthday. She is picturerd here with a group  of midwifery students and the Dean of the Midwifery College, Zelalem Betele. 

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

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".  


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

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

Dr Hamlin operating
Directors: Malcolm Hewitt OBE MA(Oxon) (Chairman), Jean Hadley, Phillipa Parkes BSc FCA, Ginny Randle BA, Ross Spencer BA GradDip, Beverley Cooper BSc, Micky Streaks and Rev Brian Taylor. CEO - Laurence Parkes FCA
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