The Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is delighted that so many want to come and help us with the care of our patients. Generally, however, we cannot not use the services of volunteers in Ethiopia and would prefer that you volunteer with one of our Partner Trusts. The country of Ethiopia is exceedingly poor and unemployment is high. We prefer to train and employ local people to work in our centres. This also means that our work will be sustainable.
Particularly we train long-term fistula patients as nurse-aides. These women come from all over the country, and enable us to communicate with incoming patients in the wide variety of languages (70+) found in Ethiopia.
Exceptionally we may occasionally have openings for volunteers with particular skills and qualifications to at least Masters Level.
- Volunteer fistula surgeons would have to spend time in training first before being allowed to perform fistula surgery.
- There are occasions when an obstetrician/gynaecologist is needed to train general practitioners in emergency procedures in remote areas of Ethiopia.
- Normally we have no openings for general doctors
- Nursing volunteers are not needed because we have sufficient of our own trained staff.
NB. All accepted volunteers need to present their credentials for clearance with the Ministry of Health.