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.

Jennifer James

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An absolute inspiration to women around the world. Thank you for all your have done.

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Miyoko ARIYAMA (Hamlin Fistula Japan, since 2005)

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Dr. Catherine, you have worked very hard and have been always nice to your people in Ethiopia. You are my hero forever. I really miss you… I will never forget you and am keeping my fingers crossed to your dream come true during our time. I will continue supporting your team in Ethiopia through Hamlin Fistula Japan (Our Chair person is Ms. Michiko Nakayama).
With deepest condolences.

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Judi Stagg, Chief Executive, IMPACT UK

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We were so sorry to hear that Catherine had died. She was a truly amazing lady who inspired so many people and will be greatly missed. Her legacy will live on through all the people who have benefited from training under her guidance.

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Bev

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Thank you Catherine for all you have done for the women who suffered the horrible indignity of fistula. You will always be remembered with love and admiration.

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Michelle Jamieson

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Dr Catherine Hamlin changed the lives of thousands of women. They will be her Legacy.

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Maggie Knewstub

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Dr Hamlin, I was very humbled to be at your beautiful hospital on Monday 26th. You have been a hero, with Reg, for many years. An angel in life, and an angel still. Your legacy will live on with your amazing staff and midwives. Bless.

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Robyn Crisp

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I thank you for your love, compassion and dedication to our sisters. You personified God’s teaching and treated every woman like she was your beloved sister. Our world was a brighter place with you in it, and you have left it a better place for thousands of women. I pray you find rest in the Beloved arms.

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Pippa Nicholson

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Words can’t describe your life’s work Catherine, it is evident in the lives you changed for the better. You were an angel for the women of Ethiopia, who were blessed with your love and caring ❤️🌺❤️

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Ian Johnson

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By ethical standards – a true superstar!

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Linda Head

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What an extraordinary life you led. What an enormous difference you made. Thank you.

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Ella Patel

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5 years ago, I had to do a school research project on an influential Australian. I found out about Catherine, and I chose to do her. I learnt so much about her work and how kind she was. I didn’t know her personally, but I could tell she was a beautiful soul. Thanks Catherine, Rest In Peace.

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Kathy Mildenhall

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One particular thing that I cherish about Catherine’s work was that she was never ashamed to acknowledge her personal trust in Jesus Christ.

The Jesus of the Bible was her Lord and Saviour – and this personal reality was the motivation for all she did.

Without Jesus’ work on the Cross there would be no Hamlin’s work.

My hope is that the Foundation that bears her name will not be ashamed of Jesus into the future. As she rests in His presence, and knowing the end of all people, this would be her most important message – be ready to meet Him.

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Thanks for a life well lived!

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I live in Ryde, the suburb in Sydney, Australia, where Catherine came from, and attend a local church there. There is not much that is genuinely special about Ryde. The local Anglican Church, St Annes, is very old (for Australia) and not far from the home where Catherine grew up. Then there is our access to the Parramatta River that flows into the magnificent Sydney Harbour and Macquarie University is close by. What makes Ryde unique is the people, of course, and Dr Hamlin is one of the most magnificent examples of our past residents. The local council is in the process of honouring her contribution to the world. Thank you Dr Hamlin and your husband for your life of service to the poor and outcast. At this time of global crisis, we need your example more than ever. Philip Pogson

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Tahlia Nicholson

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May your legacy live strong forever.

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Tanya Brown

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The world simply needs many more caring and tirelessly selfless souls such as Dr Hamlin. R.I.P

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Bronwen Hughes

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My son’s birth was long and traumatic and, after three days in labour, it ended in an emergency ceasarian. I could not help but think how fortunate I was to live in a first-world country with modern healthcare facilities. Had I lived elsewhere or in another time, I could have ended up with a fistula or died in birth, along with my son. Thank you Catherine for helping all those women who were not as fortunate as I was, and for working to educate the community and remove the stigma surrounding obstetric fistula. You have a heart of gold and your legacy will live on.

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Jane Cay

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In love, you served and inspired us all. Your legacy and work will live on.

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Katie Evans

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During the Thanksgiving holiday in 2014, I returned to Ethiopia for the second time within five months as an employee of Habitat for Humanity International’s Global Village program. Having arrived in-country early, I joined a few of my fellow Habitat volunteers on a private tour of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, with Dr. Catherine Hamlin having been recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. I vaguely remembered hearing about obstetric fistula previously; Dr. Hamlin had appeared on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show advocating for the global health concern, and Oprah subsequently visited the hospital in Addis Ababa herself. However, I didn’t truly grasp the gravity of the issue until that tour. I returned home that December and watched a documentary – A Walk to Beautiful – which followed young women and girls suffering from obstetric fistula in Ethiopia. I knew I was now part of the fight to eliminate obstetric fistula and that I would need to help raise more attention to the issue.

During the first year of my master’s, I returned to Ethiopia and spent seven months living in country and volunteering with a nonprofit that helped rehabilitate survivors to gain deeper insights on obstetric fistula for my capstone project.

Dr. Hamlin’s work influenced my academic and professional work. Photographs that I took of fistula survivors during that time have won awards.

But I’m more appreciative of the door that was opened for me when I toured that hospital initially. It led me to the work I did – a cause I remain deeply passionate about – and to meeting women with some of the strongest and most beautiful spirits I’ve ever encountered. My heart is sad for the loss it feels, but it hurts more for the women in Ethiopia and beyond who’ve lost their ultimate champion.

“These women have suffered more than any woman should be called upon to endure. To meet only one is to be profoundly moved and calls forth the utmost compassion that the human heart is capable of feeling.”

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Huguette Brassine

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I have had a great admiration for Dr Hamlin when she shared the vision and realities of her work In Ethiopia, during her visit to the Zonta club in Brisbane many years ago. Such a long life dedicated to the poor and suffering, the energy and love
given to so many is most admirable. A life remarkably well lived.
Heartfelt condolences and prayers for everyone in her organization

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Antony

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Brilliant 😊

God Bless

RIP

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