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HAMLIN FISTULA ETHIOPIA CALLS FOR SUPPORT OF INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END OBSTETRIC FISTULA

HAMLIN FISTULA ETHIOPIA CALLS FOR SUPPORT OF INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END OBSTETRIC FISTULA

$600 is all it takes to change a life, forever

Today is United National International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, a terrible condition that affects more than two million women around the world.

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia), the fundraising organisation which supports the work of Australian obstetrician Dr Catherine Hamlin AC, is calling for Australians and businesses to raise and donate $600 - the cost of a single operation to cure an obstetric fistula patient.

“While Australians complain about a new $7 fee to visit the doctor, in Ethiopia there are so few midwives, obstetricians and properly equipped hospitals that there are women dying at the gates of government hospitals in the countryside,” Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia Australia CEO Lucy Perry said.

In thousands of cases each year in Ethiopia alone, obstructed labour will kill the mother and her baby. Those who survive are left with obstetric fistula, an injury which leaves her incontinent, isolated and ashamed. Some sufferers are both bladder and bowel incontinent. The misery is profound.

Dr Hamlin, who has treated and cured patients in Ethiopia since the 1950s, will be marking International Day to End Obstetric Fistula this Friday with her staff at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.

“Dr Catherine Hamlin and her team in Ethiopia have developed a highly successful program and accompanying facilities over the past 60 years, involving treatment, education and prevention in order to one day eradicate the condition in Ethiopia.

“For just $600 one woman’s life will be completely transformed, restoring her dignity and the ability to have an active part in family and village life,” Perry said.

For further details on how to help visit Hamlin.org.au/600

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