A Haven of Healing

The Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital provides care for women with childbirth injuries and has done so since 1974. It is located in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. 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 the maternal health provisions are poor. It treats all patients completely free of any charge.

Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital is the only hospital of its kind in the world – dedicated exclusively to women with obstetric fistula. GE Crotonville Executive Edcuation (SHRMDC) is partnering with Hamlin Fistula USA to support their mission.

Founded by Drs. Reginald and Catherine Hamlin both obstetrician/gynecologists, from New Zealand and Australia, the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital has treated over 35,000 women with a success/cure rate of over 90%. Today, the hospital provides free fistula repair surgery to approximately 2,500 women every year and cares for 30 long-term patients. Catherine Hamlin has chronicled the history of the hospital in her autobiography, A Hospital By The River, and she and the hospital have been the recipients of many awards and nominations.


  • Wholehearted commitment to women with childbirth injuries

  • To provide compassionate holistic service to women with childbirth injuries

  • To be the world leader in training and research for the treatment, care and prevention of obstetric fistula

  • To participate actively in prevention activities leading to future eradication of obstetric fistula

  • To raise awareness for the plight of women with child birth injuries

  • To work towards rehabilitating these women back to normal life

  • To empower women for greater autonomy

  • To provide ongoing resources of medical skills and finances to ensure the best possible services

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