Dr Catherine Hamlin
January 24th 1924 – March 18th 2020
It is with deep sadness we share the news of the passing of Dr Catherine Hamlin, co-founder of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.
On Wednesday March 18th, 2020 Catherine passed away peacefully at her home on the grounds of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia where she has lived for 61 years. She was 96 years old.
It is a very sad time for those who knew Catherine – her family, her patients, her colleagues and her thousands of supporters around the world.
In this time of sorrow, we reflect upon her life and celebrate it for what it was: a gift to some of the world’s most vulnerable women.
Dr Catherine Hamlin and her late husband Dr Reg Hamlin travelled to Ethiopia 61 years ago and went on to found Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, a health network treating women who suffer the debilitating effects of an obstetric fistula – a horrific childbirth injury.
When Catherine saw and treated her first obstetric fistula survivor, her life’s path was cemented.
“We were touched and appalled by the sadness of our first fistula patient: a beautiful young woman in urine-soaked ragged clothes, sitting alone in our outpatients department away from the other waiting patients. We knew she was more in need than any of the others.”
We invite you to read a full obituary of Catherine’s remarkable life available here and to leave your tribute to Catherine on this page below.