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Hamlin's Prevention Program FY21

"Midwifery, I believe, is the answer - to put a well-trained midwife in every village would soon eradicate obstetric fistula."

- Dr Catherine Hamlin

Fistula prevention in FY21

Hamlin Midwives play an essential role in preventing obstetric fistula injuries and saving the lives of hundreds of mothers and babies every year. Based in more than 50 Hamlin-supported midwifery clinics across rural Ethiopia, these trained professionals also support, nurture and empower women while sharing invaluable knowledge, building trusting networks and transforming entire communities in rural Ethiopia. This year, our midwives have been on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19, helping to prevent infection in the communities they work in.

The Hamlin College of Midwives continues to be a centre of excellence for the training of midwives. In FY21, 23 students graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery degree from the Hamlin College of Midwives. There are currently 95 students undertaking their midwifery degree at the College.

Hamlin Midwives are preventing fistula injuries and transforming rural communities. 22,344 babies were delivered at Hamlin-supported midwifery clinics in FY21. 32,938 women were provided with vital antenatal care at Hamlin-supported midwifery clinics.

Catherine's vision lives on

“I would like to send my sincere appreciation for [your] loving support of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia and for the Hamlin College of Midwives. The Hamlins dedicated their entire lives to women’s health care and now it’s our turn to keep their legacy moving forward as much as possible.” - Ato Zelalem Belete, Dean of the Hamlin College of Midwives and Prevention Manager at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia

Thank you for supporting Hamlin’s Prevention Program in FY21. To learn more about prevention, click here. 

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Hamlin Fistula NZ is committed to providing ongoing support for fistula surgery and for the preventive work of the midwives. The hospital in Addis Ababa has become a centre of excellence to which doctors from other countries come to learn and master the specialist skills of fistula surgery.

Photography credits to Mary F. Calvert, Kate Geraghty, Amber Hooper, Joni Kabana, Joli Wescombe, Natasha Meyer and Martha Tadesse.