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Hamlin Fistula UK began celebrations for its 50th Anniversary year with a special event for supporters which welcomed special guests from the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia. 

We were delighted to welcome Zelalem Belete, Dean of the Hamlin Midwifery College and Zenebe Mesfin, Chaplain to all patients and staff at Hamlin Ethiopia to Birmingham to mark this special occasion. 

Speakers alongside Zelalem and Zenebe included Dr. Peter Jackson, who shared his experiences working at Haile Selassie Medical School when the Hamlins first arrived in Ethiopia and his memories of visits to the School by the Emporer himself. 

Thanks to the BBC, we were able to show guests the documentary ‘Walking Back to Happiness’ with footage from the earliest years of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital. 

Hamlin UK trustee Rev. Brian Taylor interviewed Zenebe on the challenges of working as a hospital chaplain and on the importance of the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony in patients lives. 

We are grateful to all the donors who have enabled our work over the past 50 years, and look forward to celebrating over the year ahead!


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