In 2015, we will be supporting the incredible work of Australian surgeon Dr Catherine Hamlin and her team. They work in Ethiopa and have been transforming the lives of young women devasted by obstetric fistula.
The work of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia
During 2015, Nick Brook Urology will be supporting Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia. This incredible organisation has been changing the lives of young women who have been devastated by obstructed labour.
In the 1950s, Australian surgeons Dr Catherine Hamlin AC and her husband Reg visited Ethiopia to help train midwives. But they were struck by the terrible plight of young women who had suffered obstructed labour. More often than not, the baby would die, and the women were left with permanent damage to their bladders (and sometimes rectum). This leads to permanent and constant leakage, and these women are pushed to the edge of their societies, considered too dirty to be part of village life, and considered a curse.
The Hamlins devoted their lives to helping these women; they perfected modern techniques for obstetric fistula surgery and
have treated more than 40,000 women, more than 90% of them cured. Reg died in 1993 but Catherine continues the work.
The Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital and its five regional hospitals treat obstetric fistula patients at no cost, thanks to the generosity of donors. Not only are these women treated, they are rehabilitated, taught a craft, and re-integrated into society. The Hamlins have also set up the Hamlin College of Midwives to help to support women during childbirth, and reduce the rate of obstetric fistula in Ethiopia. These trained midwives are then deployed back into rural areas where the need is greatest.
The amazing work of the Hamlins has turned around the lives of these women, and is only made possible by the generosity of donors.
Please read more about the work of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia and stay up to date with latest news from Nick Brook Urology, as we support this work throughout 2015.
And please pass on the links to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, via word of mouth, email and social media - the work they do is so important. You can follow Hamlin Fistula on Twitter.