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Many women who have experienced fistula have lost everything: family, home, marriages, economic support and a sense of belonging.

Reintegrating recovered women into their communities requires empowering and equipping them to lead lives of dignity. Beginning with literacy and numeracy classes, vocational and life skills training, we support women in finding sustainable employment or starting their own businesses. 

Each patient is provided with a skills training program that has been individually tailored to each woman. Training can range to farming skills, child-care qualifications, hospitality and catering or business skills training. 

Women are empowered to become independent and self-sufficient through being provided with the support and resources to generate income for themselves and their families with start-up grants for businesses/micro enterprise. It enables them not only to survive but to thrive.

You can equip women with the opportunity to have a happy future full of family, belonging, the ability to earn a living, without enduring the indignity of a lifelong fistula injury.

Help us give hope to every woman.

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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.