TERREWODE signs partnership agreement to develop the TERREWODE Women’s Community Hospital replicating the Hamlin Model of Care in Uganda

TERREWODE has signed a partnership agreement with the International Fistula Alliance (IFA) to develop a specialist obstetric fistula treatment facility in Soroti, Uganda.  This specialist facility will be the first phase of the TERREWODE Women’s Community Hospital (TWCH) and will include a 30-bed fistula treatment block, a 30-bed social reintegration and rehabilitation block and associated supports services including physiotherapy, laboratory, pharmacy, administration, kitchen and laundry facilities.

Janet, Alice, and Margaret, the women of Terrewode, are on a mission to build a hospital for women suffering from fistula in East Uganda. Behind them is the land where the hospital will be built. Photo credit: Lynne Dobson

The IFA is a representative body of the Hamlin Fistula International partners from Australia, USA, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and New Zealand who currently support the work of the world-famous Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (HFE) founded by Australian doctors Catherine and Reginald Hamlin in 1974. Over the past 40 years HFE have been responsible for treating over 50,000 women in Ethiopia and have developed 6 specialist hospitals concentrating on obstetric fistula and other childbirth injuries.

The Hamlin model of care is a holistic model that includes best practice clinical treatment as well as comprehensive rehabilitation and reintegration services that supports the restoration of dignity for the women of Ethiopia. HFE also have an extensive prevention strategy that includes the training and deployment of highly qualified midwives into rural health centres where they can provide comprehensive maternal health services in collaboration with the Ethiopian ministry of health.

TERREWODE has been working with obstetric fistula survivors in Uganda since 2001 and has developed a highly successful community based social rehabilitation and reintegration model that supports women to reintegrate into the community after suffering from this traumatic condition and provides them with the life skills to live a life of dignity.

Under this partnership agreement TERREWODE will be the primary implementing partner and will replicate the Hamlin model of care for obstetric fistula patients who have suffered this devastating childbirth injury. The IFA, through its members Hamlin Fistula USA and Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia), will provide funding and capacity building for the capital and operating costs of the new hospital whilst Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (HFE) will provide clinical training and support.

TERREWODE has already purchased the land and commenced the design process for the new hospital thanks to the support of the Uganda Fistula Fund for TERREWODE (UFFT) who will continue to raise awareness and funds for the building project.

Construction commenced in early 2018, with clinical services commencing in mid-2019.

TERREWODE is very excited about the prospect of providing high quality specialist care for women suffering from obstetric fistula and other childbirth injuries in the Soroti region and look forward to working with the IFA and the Hamlin partners to deliver this project. We also wish to acknowledge the support of our existing partners, in particular, the Worldwide Fistula Fund, One by One and the Uganda Fistula Fund for TERREWODE as well as the Ministry of Health Uganda, Soroti District Local Government and the Soroti Regional Referral Hospital.

By working in collaboration with all of our partners, the government agencies, and the local community, we believe we can provide a world class facility providing high quality services for the women of Uganda.

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