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February 8, 2022
60 years – 60,000 Lives

2019 marks 60 years since Dr Reg and Dr Catherine Hamlin first arrived in Addis Ababa on a three-year contract to train midwives.

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February 8, 2022
NZ Government Supports Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia

NZ has made a move to focus on Ethiopia. In an effort by NZ to strengthen diplomatic relations with the African Union.

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February 8, 2022
Christchurch Physio Strengthens Hamlin Physiotherapy Service

Christchurch physiotherapist Ann Johnson (expatriate of the UK), who specialises in working in gynaecology with women who experience incontinence, recently assumed the role of physiotherapy tutor to Hamlin Fistula, after her UK colleague retired from the role. In March she travelled to Addis Ababa for her first ever visit to Hamlin Fistula Hospital.

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February 8, 2022
To the End of the Earth

Former Gisborne “country girl” Christina Campbell has raised more than $8000 for midwifery in Ethiopia after completing a 1000km trek on the renowned Camino de Santiago trail in northern Spain.

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February 8, 2022
Mamitu: One of BBC’s 100 Women in 2018

On May 16, 2019 the BBC Radio interviewed Mamitu. Listen to Mamitu telling her remarkable story in her own words.

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February 8, 2022
Mamitu's Story

Just about the worst thing that can happen to a teenage girl in this world is to develop an obstetric fistula that leaves her trickling bodily wastes, stinking and shunned by everyone around her. That happened four decades ago to Mamitu Gashe.

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December 20, 2021
Hamlin's Rehabilitation and Reintegration Program FY21

The team at Hamlin’s Rehabilitation and Reintegration Centre, Desta Mender, continues to restore the health and dignity of women who have sustained severe or complex obstetric fistula injuries. Desta Mender embodies the Hamlin Model of Care, which is grounded in a fundamental respect for women with fistula injuries and a deep commitment to the provision of complete and compassionate care.

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December 20, 2021
Hamlin's Treatment Program FY21

fistula requires specialised treatment and care, most fistula injuries can be repaired with a simple two-hour operation. This life-changing surgery is one that can completely restore a woman’s life and dignity.

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December 20, 2021
Hamlin's Prevention Program 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.

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September 16, 2021
Hamlin's Exciting New Women's Empowerment Program

Dr Catherine Hamlin believed that treating an obstetric fistula patient isn’t just treating a hole in the bladder, but rather the whole woman with love and care. In 2002, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia opened Desta Mender, Hamlin’s Rehabilitation and Reintegration Centre, where long-term fistula patients undergo education classes and learn income-generating skills to support reintegration back into their communities and independent living. 

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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.

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