Dr Catherine Hamlin

January 24th 1924 –

It is with deep sadness we share the news of the passing of Dr Catherine Hamlin, co-founder of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.

On Wednesday March 18th Catherine passed away peacefully at her home on the grounds of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia where she has lived for 61 years.

Leanne Wakeling

By Developer,

I was introduced to the work of Catherine and the Hamlin Fistula hospital in early 2000’s. The mission really struck a cord because I know if not for the availability of modern medical support I would have most likely experienced what the organisation serves to limit. I was also drawn to the mission of funding the training of midwives who can return to their communities to serve. Appreciating the culture of those communities and having an opportunity to influence change. So grateful to the ongoing work of the foundation that was established so long ago. Thank you to Catherine and all those who continue the mission.

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Barbara Isted

By Developer,

I first became aware of the Fistula Hospital when I was working for World Vision Australia.
I was deeply shocked to learn of the plight of these poor women.
I am retired now on a limited income but I will endeavour to contribute to the cause when possible.

My sincerest condolences to everyone on Dr Hamlin’s passing.

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Carole Grassby

By Developer,

A wonderful woman serving her fellow womankind.

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Sarah Afshin Pour

By Developer,

My sincere condolences on the loss of such a humble and remarkable human being. I have been deeply inspired by Dr. Catherine’s story and the fight to eradicate fistula and I plan to visit Ethiopia in 2021. Sending strength to all her knew her and prayers that her work will carry on as she wanted it to 💐🌹🌻🌟

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Grace

By Developer,

RIP. You was a truly remarkable woman.

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Rosalie Brown

By Developer,

Words fail me! What an amazing woman and life time servant to all those women, who’s lives would have been misery without the intervention received, as a result of Catherine’s and Richard’s heart for the damaged women of Africa. I have the very deepest admiration and respect for her. May the facility long continue to operate with her mission and vision at the foremost. I know her entrance into heaven would have been “Welcome and well done, good and faithful servant”. What an inspiration, What a role model!

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Myra Geddes

By Developer,

I am so saddened by the passing of Dr Catherine Hamlin. What an amazing life – she improved the lives of so many women and babies – not only by addressing their basic health needs but also by fighting the stigma around birthing and women’s reproductive health. My thoughts are with everyone who knew Dr Hamlin. She was an inspiration and her legacy will live on.

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Jennifer Weller-Newton

By Developer,

Catherine was such an inspirational woman in all that she has done over an extensive career, in enhancing the quality of life for so many women impacted on from the complications of childbirth.
Deepest sympathy and condolences to her family and all those so connected to her. She will be missed by so many, rest in peace Catherine.

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Rhonda Searle

By Developer,

Dr Catherine was an exceptional woman, a passionate and compassionate doctor and a wonderful woman of God who gave her all to enable fistula patients to regain their dignity. We honour her and are very grateful for her selfless devotion

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Jenny del Greco

By Developer,

You were as good as they come Catherine.
Thank you for gracing us with a shining example of how to be in this world.
May your expanded soul rest in peace.

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Lea Armstrong

By Developer,

A true Angel on earth & now in heaven. Rest, sweet lady xx

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Fi Caheny

By Developer,

I am very saddened by this news. The world is a better place for having you in it Dr Catherine. You’ve left an amazing legacy and your work will live on. You’ll never be forgotten. Rest in peace xx

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Jane Crowley, Dirty Janes Bowral and Canberra

By Developer,

Having supported her incredible work for the last 10 years, we are at Dirty Janes feeling very sad that this saint of a lady has gone. We are determined to carry on supporting her work which has changed the lives of thousands of women in Ethiopia. What a legacy she leaves behind. What an inspiration her work provides to us all – to look at those less fortunate than ourselves and reach out a hand with an offer of help and kindness. In times like this it is always important to remember just how lucky we are. God bless you Dr Catherine – you really were a angel on our earth.

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Robyn Kennedy

By Developer,

Wonderful woman, Catherine Hamlin, the world has lost a giant advocate for women, African women.
I was so pleased and humbled to meet you in Addis Ababa at your hospital some years ago. Such a blessing to the world.
Knowing how you have developed your work over decades I am confident you have left matters well in hand for the future.

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Dr Anis Yusuf

By Developer,

What sad news but what a Giant in life.
Condolences to the Family and sympathies to all those who were privileged to work with her.

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Catriona

By Developer,

I’ve admired Catherine and her work through most of my adult life. Such an outstanding contribution to our world. A life outstandingly well lived.

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Elizabeth, Australia

By Developer,

Catherine’s dedication and humanitarian example inspired me to become an annual donor. Encourage your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues to do likewise!

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Yordanos

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She was an amazing women, kind, generous, dedicated and moreover she was a women living for peoples happiness. My your soul rest in peace. My condolences the families and friends.

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Gayle Hutchings

By Developer,

A very sad day but what a life she lived and such an incredible legacy she leaves behind.

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Veronique Smith

By Developer,

May you R.I.P. with the angels, as you were, and finally at one with your husband again. Thank you for all you have done in great devotion for so many women and children xx

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