In December 2020 Hamlin Fistula UK was selected to take part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020, the UK’s largest matched-funding campaign.

We are delighted to let our supporters know that thanks to your generosity, we beat our goal of enabling Hamlin’s hero health workers to provide fistula surgeries for 20 women in Ethiopia – and were able to fund surgeries for 30 women!

Thanks to the generosity of you, our supporters, we raised a fantastic £15,307, changing 30 lives forever.

We exceeded our fundraising goal and raised an amazing £10,307 online during the campaign week, which has now unlocked a further £5,000 in match funding.

This was such an exciting result and highlighted the impact and strength of our supporter community.

We also want to say a special thank you to our two match funders for the appeal – two charitable organisations, including EthiopiAid, whose matching funds helped us raise even more for women in Ethiopia.

This year we will be working to do even more for women in Ethiopia, thanks to the Big Give Christmas Appeal.

Dr Betty, right, with Nursing Aides

As in the UK, Ethiopia has been affected by COVID-19 and Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s team of hero health professionals has adapted in the face of the pandemic to ensure essential clinical services for women continue to be delivered.

These individuals, like Dr. Betty, pictured right, are providing life-changing support for women who have suffered devastating childbirth injuries, during the pandemic and before.

This year, due to the pandemic there will be more women in Ethiopia who have faced giving birth without medical assistance, and potentially many who will have suffered from childbirth injuries including obstetric fistula. As travel restrictions reduce and confidence increases, Hamlin is ready to support women in need.

Meet some of our #HamlinHealthHeroes:

Dr Yeshineh, Medical Director at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital

Melaku Tilahun, Pharmacist at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital

Nina, Urostomy Nurse at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital

Dr Betty, GP at Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital

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