Education of midwives 

The project is dedicated to raising funds for the education of midwives at the Hamlin College of Midwives, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Midwifes that after graduation are deployed at Health Centers in their home regions. An important outcome of their work will be to prevent birth traumatic injuries, e.g. fistulas, which today causes the woman traumatic and immense mental and physical suffering. They will also act as role models for change for women in their respective community.

In 2016 GreenLamp supports six midwifery students for their remaining four-year education. Ilili is in her senior fourth year, Medina and Birke in their second year and the two newest additions in their first year; Woyzeru and Lakia. Our 6th supported midwife student Senait, is in her third year and is not photographed. The girls come from rural regions and many of them had to travel a long way to come to the College. We are so proud of Beleynesh Siraw from the Amhara region and Belen Kakabo from SNNPR region who graduated successfully in September 2014 and 2015 respectively. They earned a Bachelor degree in Midwifery and are both working at a Hamlin-supported health center in their home regions. Well done Belen and Beleynesh!

The College is part of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, an organization founded by Drs. Catherine and Reginald Hamlin in 1972. In addition to the College of Midwives, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia runs the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa and the rehabilitation center Desta Mender, outside Addis Ababa.

The World Health Organization advocates “skilled care at every birth”. There are approximately 3000 midwives in Ethiopia, and with a population of approximately 90 million people, it is estimated that a midwife is present at only 6 percent of all births. Investing in midwifery training is crucial to the reduction of maternal mortality in Ethiopia, where there were 350 deaths per 100,000 births in 2012, compared with 8 per 100,000 in Switzerland in the same year.

Read the personal stories of the midwifery students from hospital internship. 

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