The Hospital by the River is the story of Catherine Hamlin, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee of 1999.
Gynaecologists Catherine and Reg Hamlin left Australia in 1959 to establish a midwifery school in Ethiopia. Over 40 years later, Catherine is still there, running one of the most outstanding medical programmes in the world. Through this work thousands of women have been able to resume a normal existence after living as outcasts.
The Hamlins, both committed Christians, dedicated their lives to women suffering the horrific effects of obstructed labour. Until the Hamlins began their work in Ethiopia, these women were neglected and forgotten, expected to face a lifetime of incapacity and degradation. Catherine and Reg have successfully operated on over 20,000 women. As well as this, the hospital they opened in 1975 has become a major teaching institution for surgeons from all over Ethiopia and the developing world. Since Reg’s death, Catherine has continued their work.
This book is her story. Set against the vivid backdrop of Ethiopia.
Written by Catherine Hamlin. Paperback. 336 pages.
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