Catherine Hamlin

Co-founder ,
Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia

Catherine Hamlin is an obstetrician and gynecologist and the co-founder of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia. Originally from Sydney Australia she moved to Ethiopia in 1959 with her late husband Reginald Hamlin, also a gynecologist. The Hamlin’s initially worked in the Princess Tsehai Hospital where they pioneered the development of modern day Obstetric Fistula Surgery. Obstetric fistula is a childbirth injury that leaves the woman incontinent and often ostracized from her community. Having developed a safe procedure with a high success rate for women suffering from this terrible condition Hamlin and her husband founded the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in 1974. Since then she has opened 5 additional regional centers and Dr. Hamlin has helped to cure over 35,000 women, restoring their dignity and giving them the chance to live their lives again.

In 2007, Hamlin opened a midwifery training college which now trains and deploys highly skilled midwives into rural Ethiopia, preventing obstetric fistula, maternal mortality and other childbirth injuries.

Hamlin has received many awards and honors including Honorary Ethiopian Citizenship and Nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 and again in February 2014.