MUTU System’s mission is to serve women, empowering and assisting them to have fully functional bodies that feel good.
We are delighted to partner with Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, an incredible organisation restoring dignity and well-being to thousands of women and girls every year who are suffering from devastating childbirth injuries.
Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia 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 maternal health provisions are poor. It treats all patients completely free of any charge.
Founded in 1974 by Drs. Reginald and Catherine Hamlin, obstetrician/gynaecologists from New Zealand and Australia, the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital has treated over 42,000 women with a 95% closure rate. Today, the hospital provides free fistula repair surgery to approximately 3,000 women every year.
Hamlin Fistula International is a world centre for fistula treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention. It provides surgical training for health professionals, obstetrician and gynaecologists from all over the world.
WHAT IS FISTULA?
An obstetric fistula develops when the blood supply to the tissues of the vagina and bladder (and/or rectum) is cut off during prolonged, obstructed labor. In the vast majority of cases, the woman gives birth to a stillborn baby.
The tissues die and a hole forms through which urine and/or feces pass uncontrollably. Women who develop fistulae are often abandoned by their husbands, rejected by their communities and forced to live an isolated existence.
Eradicated in the “developed” world at the end of the 19th century when caesarean section became widely available, obstetric fistula continues to plague women throughout the developing world.
The WHO has called fistula “the single most dramatic aftermath of neglected childbirth”. In addition to incontinence, a fistula victim may also have nerve damage affecting their ankles and feet. If a woman lies on her mat for a prolonged period of time, waiting for the urine to dry, she may also develop contractions of the joints of her legs, as her muscles and tendons shorten from lack of use, and be unable to walk. Fistula victims also suffer profound psychological trauma resulting from their utter loss of status and dignity.
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
MUTU System sends a monthly donation to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia ensuring the required surgical treatment, with all associated medical care, physical therapy and after-care, new clothing and transport home is provided for at least one more woman every month.
Wendy will also be visiting the hospital in November 2015 and running in the Great Ethiopian Run, raising additional funds and awareness.
Important: MUTU System Limited will be covering ALL expenses and costs associated with Wendy’s trip – every penny raised will go direct to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.
We are working with the Sarah Hamlin (Dr Catherine’s grand-daughter, and Trustee of the hospital) of Hamlin Fistula UK Trust on this venture.
HOW TO HELP
Want to join me in Ethiopia in November 2015, or help us spread the word?? Check out more about the run here and contact us directly if you’d like to run with us, or partner with MUTU System to boost our fundraising efforts for the hospital!