“Dr. Mulu Muleta is a deeply inspiring woman…”
-Kate Grant, Executive Director of The Fistula Foundation
At the 16th annual ATHENA Women’s Leadership Summit in Chicago, Dr. Mulu Muleta was presented with the 2010 Global ATHENA Leadership Award.
The ATHENA International Global ATHENA Leadership Award acknowledges, among many qualities, women who show excellence, creativity and initiative in their work; provide valuable services to improve the quality of life in their communities and whose work has national or international significance.
For close to two decades Dr. Muleta, Senior Medical Advisor to Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA, meaning water in Amharic) has treated women with fistula in Ethiopia and in other parts of Africa.
While studying at Addis Ababa University Medical School, Dr. Muleta met the founders of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, Reginald and Catherine Hamin. After graduating, Reginald Hamin recruited Dr. Muleta to work at the hospital.
Through her work at The Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital Dr. Muleta became part of the team that performed over 1,200 surgeries each year and treated patients from countries such as Uganda, Sierra Leone, Kenya, and Sudan. In addition, Dr. Muleta and her team have trained surgeons who have set up health centers in their respective countries. Consequently, Dr. Muleta’s work spans across Africa.
Kate Grant, the Executive Director of The Fistula Foundation-an organization that financially assists Dr. Muleta’s work-tells TsehaiNY, “Dr. Mulu Muleta is a deeply inspiring woman. She has dedicated her life and talents to treating otherwise forgotten women suffering from the heartbreaking childbirth injury obstetric fistula, returning them to a state of health and dignity. I am honored to consider Dr. Mulu both a colleague and a friend.”
Through her work with WAHA Dr. Muleta is expanding her reach globally. WAHA is a not-for-profit organization that is on a mission to work in partnership with others to improve access to essential healthcare services for women and newborns in disadvantaged communities throughout the world. WAHA has impacted the lives of women in places such as Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Yemen.
Dr. Muleta has worked for 18 years as a fistula surgeon. Mother of two, she holds a Masters Degree in Public Health and a Ph.D. from Bergen in Norway.