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Dr Catherine Hamlin AO

Co-Founder, Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital
Catherine Hamlin Dr Catherine Hamlin was born in Sydney, Australia and graduated from the University of Sydney in 1946. In 1950 she married Dr Reginald Hamlin and shortly after, the couple accepted a contract with the Ethiopian Government to set up a midwifery school in Addis Ababa. The Hamlin's were horrified by the many women suffering the devastating effects of obstetric fistula caused by prolonged and obstructed childbirth and, in response to this, developed a surgical technique to repair the condition. In 1975, the Hamlins opened Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital and since then, have treated over 30,000 fistula patients. Today, Dr Hamlin continues her work at this hospital, serving as a senior consultant and chairing the Board of Trustees. Among the many awards she has received are the ANZAC Peace Prize in 1984, the Companion of the Order of Australia in 1995 and a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. To find out more about the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, please go to:
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