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Africa Partnerships Hamlin Fistula 6

A teacher demonstrates aspects of assisting labour to midwifery students at the Hamlin College of Midwives. The main cause of obstetric fistula is the lack of adequate medical facilities to assist women in labour. The college has been established to help train rural Ethiopian women to help reduce the incidence of obstetric fistula. Australian doctors Catherine and Reg Hamlin founded the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1975 and Australia has supported the hospital for more than 25 years. The hospital treats more than 2,500 women a year, and the college will now make even more of a difference. Obstetric fistula is a debilitating childbirth-related injury, but is treatable.


Photo: Lucy Perry/Hamlin Fistula Relief and Aid Fund Australia


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Taken on June 2, 2009