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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, a cross party delegation led by the Speaker, Rt Hon Trevor Mallard and including National MPs Dr Nick Smith and Hon Nicky Wagner, Green MP Gareth Hughes, and Labour MP Angie Warren-Clark, toured Ethiopia, Rwanda and Turkey in April. During their trip the group spent four days in Ethiopia, including a visit to Hamlin Fistula Rehabilitation Centre at Desta Mender.

The speakers delegation was hosted by New Zealand Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union, Mark Ramsden, who facilitated the NZ Embassy Fund contributing $25,000 to Hamlin earlier this year.

NZ Parliament tweeted, β€œThe delegation also visited Hamlin Fistula rehabilitation centre, dedicated to the treatment and prevention of childbirth injuries called obstetric fistulas, + related training and rehabilitation. New Zealand supports the centre.”

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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.