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Exclusively supporting the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital
and the Hamlin College of Midwives

Wholehearted commitment to women with childbirth injuries, with God's love and compassion

Dr Catherine Hamlin
Winner of the Right Livelihood Award 2009 and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee 2014


Congratulations to Dr Catherine Hamlin from Canadian admirers!

August 2018 - It has been announced by Hamlin Fisula Ethiopia that Dr Hamlin has been awarded the Bikila Award for her "Distinguished Medical and Humanitarian Services rendered during her lifetime work in Ethiopia.  The award ceremony will take place in Toronto, Canada on 22 September 2018. 

We proudly give your our 2018 Graduation Class.  These newly qualified midwives will join their colleagues in the countryside who have been deployed from previous classes and who are doing such marvellous work to prevent fistula occurring. (See Deployment Map)





All our students of the College.  The future will be better with these young women helping potential mothers.


Do browse the Archive Page for previous newsletters and stories of past events, both in the UK and in Ethiopia.

Background - Work amongst poor women with childbirth injuries

In 1959, Drs Reg and Catherine Hamlin, Gynaecologists and Obstetricians from New Zealand and Australia went to Ethiopia to work in the Princess Tsehai Hospital in Addis Ababa. They soon discovered the distressing state of many women who had complications in childbirth and who were not welcomed in the local hospitals because of the offensive nature of their injuries - the smell!  The magnitude of the problem was such that they decided to build a hospital dedicated to treating these unfortunate fistula patients. (Click here for Stories.)

That was 55 years ago and now their work is known world-wide in gynaecology.  They pioneered the surgery to cure these poor women when everyone else said it couldn't be done.  Dr Reg Hamlin said they needed to "light a candle for Africa" and together, they have suceeded in lighting that candle for all the underdeveloped world.

Dr Reg Hamlin died in 1993. He is buried in the British War Graves Cemetery in Addis Ababa and the epitaph on his tombstone fittingly reads, "A man of vision and compassion".  

Directors: Malcolm Hewitt OBE MA(Oxon) (Chairman), Jean Hadley, Phillipa Parkes BSc FCA, Ginny Randle BA, Ross Spencer BA GradDip, Beverley Cooper BSc, Micky Streaks and Rev Brian Taylor. CEO - Laurence Parkes FCA
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