Featured: Hamlin Fistula Program (J850)

On 15th September 2014, our staff Greg Cadman and Daniel Watts visited J850N Hamlin Fitsula in Ethiopia. It was a privilege for them to meet Dr Catherine personally at Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital which she co-founded with her late husband, Dr Reg Hamlin, in 1974 after arriving in the impoverished country in 1959. She has since treated free of charge more than 40,000 Ethiopian women suffering from obstetric fistula.

The 90-year-old doctor, who is originally from Sydney, has spent 55 years in Ethiopia treating and educating some of the world’s most marginalised women. Dr Hamlin was nominated by the Ethiopian Department of Foreign Affairs for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr Hamlin’s nomination recognised the 55 years she has dedicated to curing and educating some of the most marginalised women in the world. She has already been honoured with an Order of Australia Centenary Medal in 2000 and was made an honorary citizen of Ethiopia by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in 2012. She is also on Australia’s Living Legend list.

Global Development Group is privileged to partner with Dr Catherine and her team at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia and Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) Limited in the project J850N Hamlin Fistula Medical and Maternal Health Program which is working towards the goal of eradicating obstetric fistula in Ethiopia.