How to Help

Dr. Catherine Hamlin

There are many ways to get involved including donating, raising awareness of obstetric fistula, organizing a fundraiser, reading Dr. Hamlin’s book A Hospital by the River in a book club, hosting a dinner, viewing of a documentary or bake sale.  For more ways to get involved and for materials to host a fundraiser or event please feel free to contact us.

Make a Donation

Our work in curing and preventing obstetric fistula is only possible through the generosity of those who make the financial resources necessary available to us. We are deeply grateful for everything that we are given.

The Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital only exists through the generous gifts of our donors and visitors.

Donations to our work are best made by clicking “donate” at the top right of the this page, by mail or by regular bankers draft or standing order.

Your personal check can be made payable to:

Hamlin Fistula USA
PO Box 460312
St. Louis, MO, 63146


The Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is delighted that so many want to come and help us with the care of our patients. Generally, however, we cannot use the services of volunteers in Ethiopia and would prefer that you volunteer with one of our Partner Trusts. The country of Ethiopia is exceedingly poor and unemployment is high. We prefer to train and employ local people to work in our centers. This also means that our work will be sustainable.

Particularly we train long-term fistula patients as nurse-aides. These women come from all over the country, and enable us to communicate with incoming patients in the wide variety of languages (70+) found in Ethiopia.

Skilled Volunteers

Very exceptionally we may have openings for volunteers with particular skills and qualifications to at least Masters level. Volunteer fistula surgeons would have to spend time in training first before being allowed to perform fistula surgery. There are occasions when an obstetrician/gynecologist is needed to train general practitioners in emergency procedures in remote areas of Ethiopia. We have no openings for general doctors. Nursing volunteers are not needed because we have sufficient of our own trained staff.

All accepted volunteers need to present their credentials for clearance with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health.

We thank you, and so will the patients whom you help.