Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia

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Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) is an Australian charity which was created at the request of Dr Catherine Hamlin to raise funds exclusively for the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, five regional centres, the Hamlin College of Midwives and Desta Mender, a farm and training centre for long-term patients.

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is working towards the eradication of obstetric fistula from Ethiopia altogether. This is through treatment, rehabilitation and the training of midwives.





If you haven't heard of it, obstetric fistula is about the most horrendous thing that can happen too a young mother. If a woman’s labor is with complications, she could be  in excruciating pain for hours and even days (more than 75% of women with obstetric fistula have endured labor that lasted three days or more). She almost always loses her baby and suffers horrific internal damage – sometimes the bladder is completely destroyed, sometimes the rectum is also damaged.

An obstetric fistula is a hole between the vagina and rectum or bladder that is caused by prolonged obstructed labor, leaving a woman incontinent of urine or faeces or both. Woman leaks constantly and is rejected by her husband and pushed to the edge of her society, too filthy to be part of village life and considered a curse.




One million women suffer from obstetric fistula. Fewer than 20,000 women are treated each year.
For a population of almost 100 million, Ethiopia has less than 200 obstetrician/gynaecologists and less than 5,000 trained midwives. Woman dies every two minutes due to pregnancy and childbirth related complications.
Most of these largely preventable deaths occur in low-income countries like Ethiopia and in poor and rural areas.





Obstetric fistula most commonly takes place among women who live in undeveloped countries, who's labor goes unattended and can last up to six or seven days.
The labor produces contractions that push the baby’s head against the mother’s pelvic bone. The soft tissues between the baby’s head and the pelvic bone are compressed and do not receive adequate blood flow. The lack of blood flow causes this delicate tissue to die, and where it dies holes are created between the mother’s bladder and vagina and/or between the rectum and vagina. This is what produces incontinence in a fistula patient.





The number one way to prevent obstetric fistula is to provide the women with emergency obstetric services.
A major obstacle to providing fistula treatment throughout the world is the lack of suitably trained surgeons. Not only does a fistula repair surgery require more training than some other corrective surgeries, but the global pool of trained fistula surgeons is much more limited, in part, because obstetric fistula has largely ceased to be a problem in the developed world.

There are lots of aspects to increase the treatment; like provision of equipped facilities,  education, teaching fistula sufferers what fistula is and letting them know where they can go for free treatment, paying for transportation; sometimes it is simply funding surgeon salaries or supplies.

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