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, “The 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.”