Dr. Catherine Hamlin and her team were recently in the states for the launch of Hamlin Fistula USA. Following is an exclusive interview with Dr. Hamlin and former CEO Mark Bennett, CEO of Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.
By, Tiberah Tsehai: In AmharicEmiye is an endearing term for mother: what Dr. Catherine Hamlin represents to those she has touched in Ethiopia and around the four corners of the world.
Like a mother she cares for the poorest daughters of Ethiopia. They are shunned and often think of suicide as an escape from their harrowing state.
They suffer from obstetric fistula- one of the most devastating childbirth injuries- usually caused by several days of obstructed labor. Often, a stillborn is delivered and the woman is left with incontinence.
Although obstetric fistula has been eradicated in the United States for more than 100 years it is still prevalent in developing countries.
For over 50 years Catherine Hamlin has not only been repairing these women from their injuries but she has educated them, loved them, and sent them home in a new dress.