What is obstetric fistula?
Obstetric fistula is a childbirth injury that can occur as a result of long, unrelieved, obstructed labour. A hole develops between the vagina and the bladder (vesicovaginal fistula) or the vagina and the rectum (rectovaginal fistula). Women suffering with obstetric fistula are permanently incontinent of urine and/or faeces.
How is it treated?
Obstetric fistula is both preventable and treatable. It should not be a life sentence of misery. It can be treated surgically, some cases are quite simple to treat, but the majority need quite specialised attention.
Who is Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia?
Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is a healthcare network, dedicated to the treatment and prevention of obstetric fistula in Ethiopia. Founded by doctors Reg and Catherine Hamlin in 1974, the network now includes the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, five regional hospitals, the Hamlin College of Midwives, Desta Mender (a centre for long term patients), and rural midwifery clinics. Patients are treated free of charge, thanks to support from around the world. To date, 55,000 women have had their lives restored.
What is the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation?
The Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation raises funds for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia. Based in Sydney, we are a small team, supported by a crew of wonderful volunteers. You can find out more here.
What happens to the proceeds when I buy from the online store?
Artisans across Africa make the ethical products you see on our online store. When you make a purchase, you are helping to provide income and employment to these artisans. It's all about conscious consumption. Shopping for a sustainable gift that supports employment in places where it is needed most.
In addition, the profits are used to support the work of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia. Proceeds fund fistula treatment for many hundreds of Ethiopian women.
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