Can you help the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia?
See here for more information.The Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital is the world’s first dedicated fistula hospital, built in 1974 to treat Ethiopian women who suffer from obstetric fistula. Obstetric fistula is the tragic outcome from an obstructed labour causing permanent incontinence and the social stigma that comes with it. We treat our patients free of charge, thanks to the generous financial support of donors.
The hospital was founded and still run by a remarkable Australian woman, Dr Catherine Hamlin. Patients usually require surgery but may also require ongoing care - all of which is provided free of charge. Women are also provided clothing and long term patients are given basic education including the skills needed to set up their own small business. This is all provided free of charge thanks to donations.
The hospital also runs a midwifery college to train women to be midwives.
The Hamlin Fistula Hospital is having a fundraising drive - 600 people for $600. ($600 being the cost of 1 surgery to restore a woman's dignity.) There's not many of us that can afford to donate $600 but many of us can afford $10. Please please please can you afford just $10?
Is it possible that between all the generous and able hubbers that we could donate $600 to help restore a woman's dignity?
Here's a video about the hospital - it's 1 minute long.
You can donate from this website https://hamlin.org.au/how-to-help-2/
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05-05-2013 10:13 #1
Can you spare $10 to help restore a woman's dignity?
05-05-2013 18:47 #2
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For those that are not aware, a fistula is an injury caused by prolonged or failed childbirth. As it can leave a woman incontinent and there is little medical assistance in Ethiopia the woman will become shunned and outcast from her community. It is particularly common in poor countries as it is associated with lack of ante-natal care, malnutrition of the mother and the young age of the mother.
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05-05-2013 18:50 #3
I love the Hamlin Fistula institute, they are one of my favourite charities, the more I learn about them the more I love them!
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05-05-2013 21:14 #4
I think we could spare $10
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05-05-2013 21:15 #5
A wonderful charity, she's an amazing woman! Great idea!
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05-05-2013 21:21 #6
Subbing so I can read up more about them when my battery isn't flat.
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05-05-2013 21:24 #7
Will definitely be donating. I recall a TV program on this once and meant to donate then but kept forgetting to look it up.
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05-05-2013 22:13 #8
If you friend Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia on Facebook they regularly post really heartwarming and interesting stories, without feeling like they are totally spamming your wall.
They also post about their appeals which are not always for money, e.g. Recently they were looking for donations of stockings/pantyhose which you could send to their hq in Sydney to send on to the hospital to keep post-surgical pads in place.
07-05-2013 19:53 #9
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07-05-2013 20:25 #10
I've donated to them before. Fantastic charity. I've just found them on Facebook (thanks Jellyfishie) and can definitely spare $10. Good idea Bec.
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