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Help Young Mothers Heal From Obstetric Fistula

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Help a young mother heal from the devastating childbirth injury of an obstetric fistula, and provide transformational healing in the lives of women in Ethiopia.

An obstetric fistula occurs after prolonged and agonizing obstructed labor, forming a hole through which urine and/or feces pass uncontrollably. Women who develop a fistula are often abandoned by their husbands and rejected by their communities. Most cases of obstructed labor result in a stillborn birth, leaving the woman with a double sorrow of the death of her baby and this devastating condition.

These women can be healed, physically and emotionally. The Addis Ababa Hamlin Fistula Hospital and its five regional hospitals are dedicated to treating Ethiopian women, rehabilitating and reintegrating them into society, and most importantly, instilling in them a sense of dignity and self-worth. Clinical treatment for each patient includes all aspects of her care, including surgery, physiotherapy, psychological counseling, and general medical care. The hospitals are committed to the UN Millennium Development Goals, particularly those directed toward improving maternal health, reducing infant mortality, and empowering women.

You can help. Each level of giving helps provide fistula repair surgery, pre- and post-operative care, a new dress, and transportation home for one patient. $450 is the average cost to fully treat one woman.


The Addis Ababa Hamlin Fistula Hospitals provide free fistula repair surgery to approximately 3,000 women every year. Hamlin Fistula USA's mission is to raise funds for the activities of the Addis Ababa Hamlin Fistula Hospital, regional hospitals, and the Hamlin College of Midwives, and to raise awareness of the issue of obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury.


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