The Bonnie & Charles Evans Hawassa Center

Opened in August 2015.

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Hawassa Center

Hawassa, SNNPR

In September 2015, Healing Hands of Joy opened its 3rd Safe Motherhood Ambassadors Rehabilitation and Reintegration center in Hawssa, capital of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR). According to a 2015 report by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, SNNPR is the 2nd highest populated with high suspected cases of fistula as compared to other regions in Ethiopia. HHOJ Hawassa center works in strong collaboration with key stakeholders such as the Bureau of Finance and Economic Development; Bureau of Women, Youth and Children’s Affairs; Regional Health Bureau; Hamlin Fistula Hospital Yirgalem center; Empowers Africa, and Pathfinder/IFHP+/E2A.

To date, HHOJ’s Hawassa center has:

  • Trained 384 Safe Motherhood Ambassadors.
  • 234 Male partners and family Members Fistula awareness workshops
  • Held 20 Stakeholder Workshops
  • Provided Micro loans to 88 SMAs to Economically empower them
  • Held 16 Community Engagement Campaigns
  • 90 new cases of fistula identified
  • 85 new cases of obstetric fistula identified by our Safe Motherhood Ambassadors
  • 72 new cases of obstetric fistula patients have been identified by our SMAs
  • 116 SMAs have been supported through Reintegration follow-up visits

One Woman's Story

At the end of 2016, HHOJ Hawassa, center began providing Income Generating Activity (IGA) Micro-grant program to economically empower Safe Motherhood Ambassadors. Among the SMA’s who will be receiving micro- grant is Hana Egaso.

SMA Hana Egaso comes from Aroressa Woreda, Sidama Zone, SNNPR, Ethiopia. She got married at the age of 15. She gave birth to 3 children with in home delivery. But, on her 4th pregnancy Hana had developed fistula after 5 days of prolonged labor and a still birth. Her husband divorced her as soon as she developed fistula.

Hana is now 35 years old and lived with fistula for 10 years before getting two unsuccessful surgeries due to the complications of injury. At the time, Hana did not know about fistula or if she could get treatment for it. She attempted to commit suicide. When she joined our Safe Motherhood Ambassador training program, Hana had poor concentration, history of self-harm and anxiety. The SMA training helped change her psychological status. She is filled with hope and has signed up to take some loan from our Income Generating Activities (IGA) program. She is planning to invest her money on sheep fattening.





Raised for this phase of work in Hawassa Center