Prevention

HAMLIN COLLEGE OF MIDWIVES: A MIDWIFE FOR EVERY WOMAN

The Hamlin College of Midwives was opened in 2007 to address the critical shortage of trained maternal health care workers. Young women are selected from rural villages and awarded scholarships to train at the College. They then return home to provide services in their home villages – in their own language and in accordance with local cultures. When a Hamlin midwife arrives in a regional care center, new cases of fistula drop to almost zero in nearby villages.

The cost for one midwifery student is $4,200 per year, including training, housing, and expenses. Students receive all of this free-of-charge.

Hamlin-trained midwives are now spread across more than 34 clinics in three regions of Ethiopia. In coming years, our goal is for Hamlin midwives to be active in 170 clinics through a combination of partnerships, mentoring, and training. We aim for Hamlin midwives to be leaders in maternal health provision and training. Read our Midwife’s Story to learn more!

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OTHER PREVENTION EFFORTS

The Ethiopian government plans to place two rural health extension workers in every community throughout the country. We have trained more than 4,000 of these workers in safe delivery and fistula prevention and will continue this effort.

In the regional care centers, we offer prevention and education programs for local health workers, birth attendants, and the general public about how to avoid the risks of unattended birth. In addition, Hamlin has developed videos and other public service programming to educate women about obstructed labor and its consequences.

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