Posted on

Dr. Catherine Hamlin has dedicated her life to eradicating fistula in Ethiopia. Catherine and her late husband Dr. Reg Hamlin were in Ethiopia to train midwives when they first discovered the overwhelming numbers of women suffering obstetric fistula and realised that little was being done to help them.

They established the Addis Ababa Hamlin Fistula hospital, to provide the country’s very first fistula services. Today, the organisation has expanded to include five regional hospitals across Ethiopia, the Hamlin College of Midwives and Desta Mender, a rehabilitation centre for long-term patients. Hamlin Ethiopia has now treated over 60,000 women.

Listen to Catherine speaking to the BBC World Service’s Newshour in 2014 about what it was like to arrive in Ethiopia from Sydney back in 1959, and how her advocacy to then Emperor Haile Selassie for improved health services helped to sow initial seeds of change, to some of the challenges faced today.

Available online here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02fqry8 (9 minute feature)


Recent News

Charity Comedy Night raises over £1,000 for Hamlin Fistula UK

10th January 2020

A community charity night in Buckinghamshire has raised a fantastic £1,020 for Hamlin Fistula UK. Organised by Hamlin Fistula UK supporter Patrick Morris, the event…

Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019 Success

6th January 2020

In December 2019 Hamlin Fistula UK was selected to participate in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019, the UK’s largest matched-funding campaign. We are delighted to let…

A team rebuilding lives

12th October 2019

The Hamlin Fistula UK team recently visited Hamlin’s Desta Mender rehabilitation centre in Addis Ababa. Social worker Tigrist (pictured above, second left) and her team…