A Walk to BeautifulThe programme is very interesting, it does explain how fistula happens and why it is so common there. Link to 4 Corners site, watch or read the transcript.
Reporter: An independent production for WGBH.
It’s been 50 years since an idealistic young Sydney couple, Catherine and Reginald Hamlin, spotted an ad for doctors to go to Africa, then took a punt. Little did they know they were about to make the world a far, far better place.
In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, the young doctors founded a hospital that has transformed the lives of thousands of women suffering humiliating birth injuries. Obstructed labour left these women with what’s called obstetric fistula – a hole into the birth canal – making them incontinent. They have been ostracised by their husbands and communities. Left untreated, they face a lifetime of shame and rejection.
Pogs pointed out to me that Dr Catherine Hamlin was a runner up for Australian of the Year in 2005 and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee (sorry, I can't find a link! The site for AOTY only goes back to 2006 and it's a most unfriendly site).