Wrapped in care: Bekelu’s Story

Bekelu* was shunned for years…then someone like you wrapped her in care. “I faced this devastating problem [fistula] and started living with stress and poverty….

From heartbreak to hope: Rahmete’s story

Rahmete was 20 years old happily pregnant with her first child and filled with excitement. She was about to start a family with her husband….

Fistula surgery during times of pandemic: Jallene’s story

For years, Jallene needlessly endured the agony of obstetric fistula without any medical attention. Thanks to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s patient identification initiative, in Spring 2020…

Ayana’s Story: From pain to hope – sixty years with fistula

Ayana lived alone with the debilitating pain of fistula for 60 gruelling years. In March 2020 she underwent life-changing fistula repair surgery. Read her incredible…

Life after fistula

Elfinish has been running her shop for the last three years, where she sells a wide variety of products needed for life in the rural…

“Look at me, I am a different person now” – Astegn’s story

The small rural village in Southern Ethiopia that Astegn, 22, grew up in is not only a two-day bus journey from Addis Ababa – but…

Meet Dr Biniyam Sirak – on the front line of tackling fistula and changing lives

At just 39, Dr Biniyam Sirak, is one of the youngest and most passionate surgeons with a special interest for Hamlin’s cause. This may be…

Fetenech’s new lease on life

Fistula can have a devastating impact on a woman’s life. Not only are the patients at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia suffering the devastation of having had…

“Now I can dream about my future again”: Tewe’s Story

We met Tewe on a recent visit to Hamlin’s Yirgalem Regional Fistula Hospital in Southern Ethiopia, where she was returning for follow up stoma treatment,…