Founded in Ethiopia by pioneering Kiwi and Australian surgeons, Reg and Catherine Hamlin, our work reflects a lifetime quest to provide treatment to the most marginalised women: those who have suffered an obstetric fistula.
Obstetric fistula is a complex injury with tragic results. The physical and psychological consequences of this childbirth injury are debilitating, traumatic and heart-breaking.
Established in 2005 at the request of Dr Catherine, Hamlin Charitable Fistula Hospitals Trust (known as Hamlin Fistula New Zealand) is a Kiwi charity committed to raising funds and awareness.
We are dedicated to providing lasting change for women and girls by addressing the root causes of obstetric fistula. Through training and providing skilled birth attendants, we aim to break the cycle of unrelieved obstructed labour that causes obstetric fistula in the first place.
Every woman deserves to be treated with dignity, care and compassion on their journey to bring new life into the world.
With over 60,000 successful repair operations completed to date, our mission now is to continue to fund the treatment of fistula injuries and prevent women from suffering through a fistula or other childbirth injury. Join us and save the lives of women and babies by ensuring excellent maternity care is accessible to all.
Together Dr Reg and Dr Catherine proved what a difference in the world one or two individuals can truly make. Their legacy lives on and will continue to live on with your help.
“Every mother is a family’s richest possession”- Dr Reg Hamlin OBE