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Ethiopia celebrates 100 years since Dr Catherine Hamlin was born

This spring, our global Hamlin family came together to celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of Dr Catherine Hamlin, a truly inspirational humanitarian.

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia led the festivities at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.

They were joined by patients, students from the Hamlin College of Midwives, local and international dignitaries including the Irish Ambassador for Ethiopia Nicola Brennan, the Board and staff of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, and international funding partners.

There were heartfelt speeches about the impact of Catherine’s unrivalled dedication and pioneering work for Ethiopian women and maternal healthcare, including by Hamlin Fistula UK’s Chair Greg Morris, pictured below. A special memorial service and candle-lighting ceremony were held, followed by tributes from local dignitaries.

A specially commissioned new tribute song to Catherine was performed and a delicious birthday cake was enjoyed by guests.

Addis Ababa University’s Cultural Department singing

Listen online here to the beautiful tribute song performed by the Addis Ababa University’s Cultural Department.

Catherine’s dedication and selflessness inspires all of us who continue to work towards her vision of a fistula-free Ethiopia.


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