Congratulations to the Hamlin College of Midwives class of 2021!
A midwife for every woman. It’s a simple concept and one that we believe will make the biggest difference in finally ending fistula in Ethiopia, forever.
The Hamlin College of Midwives, based just outside Addis Ababa, is making a vital contribution to increasing numbers of midwives in Ethiopia, and we are delighted to congratulate the class of 2021 who recently graduated!
A highly trained class
Following the impact of Covid-19 the 2021 graduation ceremony took place slightly later in the year than usual, on the 27 November 2021.
Twenty three newly qualified midwives were awarded with their Bachelors degrees and will now be deployed to rural government health centres close to their home villages, across Ethiopia.
The graduates have completed four years of theoretical and practical studies, including managing an average number of 50 safe deliveries before graduation, as well as working on individual research projects in their final year.
Congratulating the next generation of midwives
In his keynote speech on the ceremony, Dr. Mengistu Asnake, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s Chair of Trustees, congratulated the graduates and their parents and said “from now on you are not just midwifes, you are also Hamlin’s ambassadors to realize our founder Dr Catherine Hamlin’s dream in eradicating obstetric fistula. Hence you are our special forces with special mission of the Hamlin’s legacy. I want you to remember that in your everyday professional life and wish you all the best.”
Hamlin Fistula CEO Tesfaye Mamo said “I want to appreciate the strength of all the graduates today in successfully completing all the requirements to reach to your graduation day regardless of all the challenges you faced that were imposed by the pandemic. I am also confident that you will pass any challenge you may face in your future professional career. I promise you that we will always be on your side to support the quality service you provide to the community.”
Contributing to building maternal health care in Ethiopia
Since it was founded in 2007, The Hamlin College of Midwives has graduated 218 highly skilled midwives, contributing to improving national maternal healthcare services of Ethiopia.
The college is known for its exemplary quality training. In 2022 the college has launched Ethiopia’s first ever Masters in Clinical Midwifery, making it a center of excellence for Ethiopia. You can read more about the new Masters here.
All the team at Hamlin Fistula UK would like to say a big CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s graduates!