Regional Hamlin Fistula Hospitals enable thousands of patients to be treated in rural provinces where health services are limited.
Hamlin Fistula UK fully funds the Yirgalem Hamlin Fistula Hospital, situated within the grounds of the regional Yirgalem government hospital.
Yirgalem is located 190 miles south of Addis Ababa in the Sidoma zone and has a population of over 14 million. From Addis Ababa the journey takes about five hours by car on a narrow road that traverses the Great Rift Valley.
It is a region of many cultures and languages so there are many challenges to be faced. Communication can be challenging due to diverse local languages, and translators are not easy to find for the rare dialects of many tribal communities.
The hospital was opened in November 2006 and is managed by public health professional Mr. Amare Desta. Two nursing sisters and ten nurses’ aides, trained at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, make up the team at the Yirgalem Hamlin Fistula Hospital. Head Nurse Sister Welela and Operating Theatre Nurse Sister Sara have an unwavering commitment to helping impoverished women in the area. At present, doctors from Addis Ababa travel to the centre to perform surgery.
Patients requiring more complex surgeries are referred and provided treatment at the Addis Ababa Hamlin Fistula Hospital.