(Elinor) Catherine Hamlin (née Nicholson), AC, MBBS, FRCS,
FRANZCOG, FRCOG is an Australian obstetrician and gynecologist who, with
her late husband New Zealander Dr. Reg Hamlin, co-founded the Addis
Ababa Fistula Hospital, the world's only medical centre dedicated
exclusively to providing free obstetric fistula repair surgery to poor
women suffering from childbirth injuries. They also co-founded an
associated non-profit organization, Hamlin Fistula.
been recognised by the United Nations agency UNFPA as a pioneer in
fistula surgery for her development of techniques and procedures for
obstetric fistula treatment. She, her husband, and the hospital's
medical staff have treated more than 34,000 women for obstetric fistula.