Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is dedicated to the treatment and prevention of childbirth injuries called obstetric fistulas
Hamlin Fistula Hospital was founded by Dr Reg Hamlin OBE and Dr Catherine Hamlin AC in 1974. They were in Ethiopia to train midwives when they discovered the terrible plight of the fistula patients.
Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia directs the work of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, its five regional hospitals, the Hamlin College of Midwives and Desta Mender, a farm and training centre for long term patients.
Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is a world-class centre of excellence for treating obstetric fistula patients and training obstetricians to specialize in this surgery. Rehabilitation programs assist former patients to reintegrate to village life. The organization also has a preventative strategy that aims to eradicate obstetric fistula from Ethiopia by providing trained midwives in the rural regions of the country.
A board of nine trustees from Ethiopia, UK and Afghanistan oversee Hamlin Fistula Hospital Ethiopia. Chief Executive Officer, Martin Andrews, leads the day-to-day management of the organization with a committed team of administrators and health professionals.
The Ethiopian staff are the backbone of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia. There are over 500 staff across various sites: the main hospital in Addis Ababa, our five regional hospitals strategically located in the provinces, Desta Mender and the Hamlin College of Midwives.
Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia employs gardeners, drivers, cooks, cleaners, seamstresses, teachers and guards as well as administration and office personnel and medical staff including pathologists, physiotherapists, nurses, nurses aids (many of which are former fistula patients) and of course world-class fistula surgeons. Some members of staff have been with the organization since the Hamlin’s arrival in Ethiopia in 1959.
Hamlin Fistula Hospital Ethiopia provides stable employment for many local Ethiopians while also providing much-needed health services for the women and girls of Ethiopia. Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s work on the ground in Ethiopia is sustainable and enriching – run by Ethiopians, for Ethiopians. The legacy of Drs. Reginald and Catherine Hamlin has a strong and vibrant future.
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