We are the world leader for the treatment of childbirth injuries.

Our surgeons are the most qualified fistula repair doctors in the world – and we train more every year. But even more important than technical expertise is the care and compassion our dedicated team brings to the women we serve.

Most Hamlin patients are grieving mothers who have lived apart from their communities in misery and shame for months or years. The scars left from these injuries are both physical and emotional. The surgical repair of their bodies is critical, but it is only part of the healing process.

Our staff – many of them fistula survivors themselves – offer extreme empathy and compassion. Our programs include a reintegration plan for every woman to ensure she can go home cured of injury and with a renewed sense of worth. Even the hospital grounds support healing. All of our hospitals are enclosed in gardens – oases of hope where women can heal.

Our Hospitals

All mothers, no matter where they live or how what their economic circumstances are, deserve to be free from childbirth injuries. At the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, we have provided fistula repair surgery at no cost to patients for nearly 45 years. The hospital has become a global center for fistula treatment, rehabilitation, and training.

Traveling all the way to the Addis Ababa is not possible for many women. So we brought treatment closer to them by building five regional hospitals throughout Ethiopia, and we are breaking ground on a new hospital in Soroti, Uganda in early 2018. These regional care centers provide surgery for childbirth injuries that is not available elsewhere. Our regional hospitals in Ethiopia also provide C-sections for former patients to deliver babies safely.

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We pioneered the surgical techniques used to restore the lives of millions of women around the world. So far, Hamlin has treated more than 50,000 women.

Longer-Term Care and Rehabilitation

Sometimes, a woman’s injury is too severe to be surgically repaired. These women often have disabilities related to nerve damage or they need ongoing medical care.

For these women, there is Desta Mender, the “Village of Joy.” At this idyllic farm village, not far from Addis Ababa, women are offered long-term accommodations, education, and training in life skills and income generation.

Desta Mender currently houses 50 women with chronic long-term injuries. It also accommodates pre-operative patients for the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.

A midwife for every mother.

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