Ethiopia - Fistula Hospital Project

Project Overview

Every year obstetric fistula affects at least two million women across the globe.

In Ethiopia women make a long, arduous journey to reach the Addis Ababa Fistula

Hospital in an attempt to end their constant misery and overcome the pressing sense of

shame and rejection. A result of neglected childbirth, obstetric fistula is a hole that forms

between the vagina and the bladder (and occasionally the rectum) in incidents of

prolonged, obstructed labor.

[A Walk To Beautiful]( video details the harrowing birth stories and subsequent journeys of five women who decide to reclaim their dignity by traveling to Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital

to receive the free treatment offered by doctors Reginald and Catherine Hamlin.

History - Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital and its regional Hamlin Fistula Centers provide

comprehensive care for women who suffer from incontinence, physical

impairment, shame and marginalization as a result of an obstetric fistula. The

hospital was created by Australian physicians Catherine Hamlin and her husband

Reginald Hamlin to care for women with childbirth injuries and has been in

operation since 1974. It is the only hospital of its kind in the world dedicated

exclusively to women with obstetric fistula (a condition common in the developing

world where maternal health provisions are poor), and it treats all patients free of

charge. Patients undergo surgical repair by Ethiopian and expatriate surgeons

trained at the hospital's main facility in Addis Ababa. Around 93% of these

patients are repaired successfully.

Fistula hospital, and their rural clinics, aim is to cure 4000 women annually,

but Hamlin cited the World Health Organization's estimate that there are

6000-7000 cases a year in Ethiopia alone.

Solution - Waves For Water has been bringing access to safe drinking water

to over 10,000 people in remote region of Ethiopia.

In response to the ongoing fistula crisis, W4W introduced our clean-water system

to the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa in 2013. Our goal for next phase is

to donate thousands of filters to Fistula Hospital each year, so that each woman

who left her village an outcast, returns home a hero – with a filter & bucket – and

teaching young girls how to provide clean water from local stream, river, and lake

sources – so girls never have to walk long distances with heavy water loads

on their heads again.

Scott Fifer, Executive Director of [Go Campaign](, has donated $5,000.

Please check out this amazing organization.

Feb 10 - 2015Field Update // 1

January, 2015 - Jack Rose traveled to Addis Ababa to work with Girma Mamo to bring 100 clean-water systems to the far corners of Ethiopia - an combined effort, between donors and field operations teams, that has resulted in 10,000 people gaining access to safe drinking water.

This is a significant achievement - especially for the the many people who would otherwise still be suffering the consequences of water-borne disease.

Because of our collaboration with Hamlin Fistula Hospital (in Addis Ababa and five rural locations) and the Ministry of Health (3,800 rural medical clinics) Waves For Water expects to attract new partners to help us get more water to more people.

Project is 100% success. Here are images from two rural Fistula hospitals and several MOH clinics. Thank you to all our supporters here in USA who helped make this happen. As donations come in, we will ship filters to Girma - who will continue to do trainings and distributions at MOH clinics across Ethiopia. To date, ten have been completed. We don't intend to stop . . .

"For in depth story about Catherine Hamlin, Fistula Hospital, and the many thousands of Ethiopian woman who have been healed, we suggest reading 'Catherine's Gift' by John Little - here is link to the PROLOGUE:

Statistics & Progress

Destination Ethiopia

Funds Raised
$13,562 of $20,000

Impact 20,000+