Hamlin Fistula USA

Restoring dignity, nurturing change

In the United States, serious maternal injuries during childbirth are rare, but in Ethiopia, these injuries are still a devastating fact of life for too many women who lack access to basic health resources.

In Ethiopia, problems such as obstructed birth mean that labor can last for several days,
with life-altering consequences. Stillbirths are common and their grieving mothers are
often left with debilitating physical injuries, such as obstetric fistula, a condition that
renders women unable to control leakage of urine and feces. These women struggle
with isolation, loss of self-esteem, and depression.

Hamlin Fistula USA is dedicated to changing this situation through treatment, care, and
prevention of obstetric fistula in Ethiopia.

Together, we are working toward a future in which no family must live in fear of these
shattering outcomes, where debilitated women have their bodies healed and their lives
restored, and where childbirth injuries are a thing of the past.