Hamlin Fistula Uk

Hamlin midwives save lives:End Fistula in Ethiopia

A midwife for every woman. It’s a simple concept and one we believe will make the biggest difference in finally eradicating fistula in Ethiopia. Support from the Big Give in 2021 will contribute to our life changing midwifery training and deployment programme at the Hamlin College of Midwives.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1153053)

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Hospitals/HospicesHospitals/Hospices


  • Infants (<2)Infants (<2)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls




Fewer than 17,000 trained midwives in Ethiopia serve an estimated childbearing population of 25.3 million and according to the Ethiopian Demographic Health Survey 2016, only 21% of women giving birth in rural areas have skilled health worker attendance. This lack of health services has a devastating impact - with approximately 11,000 women and girls dying during childbirth or as a result of complications of childbirth and another estimated 1,500 surviving but with an obstetric fistula each year.


Research from the Lancet shows universal coverage of midwifery interventions in countries such as Ethiopia could prevent up to 61% of maternal and neonatal deaths. Each year the Hamlin College of Midwives trains and deploys around 25 newly qualified midwives to rural government health centres. We collaborate with Ethiopian health authorities to identify centres in need, so Hamlin midwives have the most impact – providing quality pre and post- natal services to thousands of women each year.

  • "I have become Patron of Hamlin Fistula UK because of the extraordinary work they do in Ethiopia, to heal women who suffer from the devastating effects of fistula, and because of the effort they are making to prevent fistula happening in the first place".

    — Baroness Tessa Blackstone, Patron of Hamlin Fistula UK