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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

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

After a long spell in England, Dr Hamlin returned to her beloved Ethiopia to a rapturous welcome.  She had been very much missed while away. Enjoy these few photos of her welcome.

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".   Read more about New Zealander, Dr Reg.


A poster strung on a tree says what every patient feels.

The Society of Gynecological Surgeons in the USA honoured Dr Hamlin with the Distinguished Surgeon of the Year 2014 Award. 

Dr Hamlin operating
Directors: Malcolm Hewitt OBE MA(Oxon) (Chairman), Jean Hadley, Phillipa Parkes BSc FCA, Ross Spencer BA GradDip, Beverley (Stewart) Cooper BSc, Fiona Wilkes BA and Rev Brian Taylor. CEO - Laurence Parkes FCA
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