Hamlin Fistula Uk

Eradicating Fistula and Saving Lives in Ethiopia

Hamlin Fistula UK is dedicated to restoring the health and dignity of women in Ethiopia who have survived the horrendous - and preventable - childbirth injury obstetric fistula. Fistula can be repaired with a single life changing surgery – in 2019/20 we will reach and treat women in Sidama Zone.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1153053)

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Championed by John Rockliff

  • '’You cured me from the traumatic injury and now let me be a mother, it was like a miracle. Now here I am with my little baby thanks to you''

    — Toyiba, obstetric fisulta patient

  • “The villagers were surprised when I returned back looking so well and recovered, above all my father cried in happiness. God helped me to get to Hamlin and receive such unconditional love and care for free.”

    — Aster, obstetric fistula patient


For a population of over 114 million, Ethiopia has less than 325 obstetricians and 7,000 midwives. Over 80% of Ethiopia’s population lives in remote rural areas with little or no access to maternal healthcare and over 70% of women give birth without a doctor or nurse present. This lack of health services has a devastating impact - approximately 11,000 women and girls die during childbirth or as a result of complications each year, and an estimated 1,500 survive but with an obstetric fistula.


Hamlin Ethiopia operates five regional Fistula Hospitals in provinces where health services are very limited. Yirgalem Regional Fistula Hospital in Sidama Zone, Southern Region, is providing vital services to women living in remote rural communities to prevent and treat childbirth injuries. In 2019/20 the hospital will provide surgeries to over 400 women including fistula, pelvic organ prolapse, caesarean section for past fistula patients and minor procedures including cystoscopy.