Catherine will never forget .

Catherine will never forget .

Continue Catherine’s work: help us raise £60,000 to celebrate 60 years of the Hamlin’s in Ethiopia.

Celebrating 60 years of the Hamlins in Ethiopia. Help continue their legacy.

Dr Catherine Hamlin is a truly inspiring woman. Her humility belies the fact that the work she pioneered with her husband is famous the world over. Together, with her late husband Reg, they are responsible for the transformation of over 60,000 women’s lives in Ethiopia. These achievements would not have been possible without their vision and the brilliant team who share their dream of eradicating fistula for good. 

1959

Catherine and Reg Hamlin left Sydney, Australia, to take up a position for the Ethiopian Government in Addis Ababa.

1974

The Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital opened - the first of it's kind in the world - thanks to the Hamlin's global fundraising efforts.

2007

The Hamlin College of Midwives opened, a huge step forward in the prevention of fistula injuries.

600,000

women's lives changed in Ethiopia thanks to transformational fistula operations.

170

Hamlin Midwives have now graduated and work in 66 rural Hamlin Midwifery Clinics across Ethiopia.

95

at the age of 95, Catherine stills lives in the grounds of the hospital with Mamitu, one of her first patients, at her side. She enjoys visiting patients in the wards and listening to their stories.

Mamitu: Survivor and Surgeon

Mamitu’s story is the embodiment of Catherine’s legacy. She has gone from child bride, to patient, to one of the world’s finest fistula surgeons. Uncover her inspiring story…

Hindiya: Hamlin Midwife

Catherine opened the Hamlin College of Midwives in 2007. Her goal is to train enough midwives for every village in rural Ethiopia, prevent fistula injuries and bring an end to obstetric fistula forever.