Natalie Imbruglia shows support for Ethiopiaid in Dublin
Posted by Natacha Soto on Thursday 18th May 2017
Australian singer-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia showed her support for Ethiopiaid on Monday 15th May, following her successful show at Vicar Street. Natalie is a committed Ethiopiaid Ambassador for the eradication of Obstetric Fistula and met three of her biggest fans, twins Joanne and Ruth (aged 12) and Noel (aged 10), who were born in Ethiopia and now live in Donard, Co. Wicklow with their adoptive parents, Harriet and Martin Andrews.
Maternal care is a critical and challenging issue in Ethiopia and Natalie is a vocal supporter of the campaign for the eradication of obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth industry which affects thousands of women in Ethiopia each year.
The Andrews family got to witness first-hand the provision of maternal care supported by Ethopiaid when Martin was CEO of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa from 2013 to 2016. The family understand the importance of Natalie’s role as Ambassador in speaking out to ensure all women in Ethiopia have access to good maternal healthcare. With Natalie’s help, Ethiopiaid will keep supporting the work which aims to eradicate obstetric fistula by 2020.
In joining her husband and children, mum Harriet said: "We had the privilege of living and working on the grounds of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa and got to know many of the courageous patients who received free life changing surgeries. Their lives were transformed beyond belief, no longer doubly incontinent or burdened by shame. It was such a joy to witness time and time again. I also got to lend a hand in the Hamlin College of Midwives outside Addis. With doctors in very short supply, qualified midwives are key to the future of improved maternal healthcare. Ethiopiaid is committed to supporting this life changing work for many years now. Natalie’s commitment is an inspiration to us all to continue to sing from the rooftops about the good that is being done and the difference we can all make."
For more information on Ethiopiaid’s work and on how to contribute see www.ethiopiaid.ie.
As an ambassador for Virgin Unite – the charitable arm of the Virgin Group – Natalie’s charity work is extensive and she passionately campaigns to end poverty and to raise awareness of maternal healthcare. In 2005, Natalie visited fistula hospitals in Ethiopia and Nigeria with representatives from UNFPA – the United Nations Populations Fund – and Virgin Unite. Deeply moved by the suffering these women endure, she felt she needed to become more involved in the fight against fistula.
"Obstetric fistula was eliminated here in Europe and the United States more than 100 years ago,” said Natalie Imbruglia. “It’s unacceptable that women and girls in developing countries are still suffering from this entirely preventable and treatable condition."
“After that first field trip to Ethiopia, I could not forget about all those women suffering. I promised myself I would continue to shine a light on this issue and be a voice for them so they are not suffering in silence. As a woman it affected me deeply. I believe it’s a woman’s human right to be able to deliver their baby safely. Ethiopia is on its way to making this a reality, my hope is it that other countries will follow their lead."