Congratulations to the Hamlin College of Midwives Class of 2022!
Each year, Hamlin’s childbirth injury prevention programme trains and deploys Hamlin midwives to remote, rural health centres across Ethiopia, to help meet our goal to end fistula in Ethiopia, forever.
We are growing the number of trained midwives in Ethiopia through training students in a BSc degree in Midwifery as well as a brand new Master’s in Clinical Midwifery at The Hamlin College of Midwives.
Over the past year, the College taught 84 BSc students across all four year groups and we recently celebrated the graduation of all 22 fourth year students at a special ceremony in Addis Ababa in the grounds of the college.
A day of celebration
The class of 2022 enjoyed a colourful and joyful ceremony attended by their family and friends, as well as representatives from Hamlin charity partners across the world.
The commencement was read by College Dean Sister Konjit, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia CEO Tesfaye Mamo, and Chair Dr Mengistu Asnake. Julie White, Chair of the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation in Australia delivered an inspiring and encouraging message to the graduating class and conferred degrees to the new graduates.
Each newly qualified midwife was given a solar headlamp to take with them as they return to their home towns across Ethiopia where in the coming months they will begin their new jobs as midwives at grassroots government health centres. Over the coming years they will provide thousands of rural women with family planning services and skilled healthcare during pregnancy and labour.
A highly trained class
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.
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 centre of excellence for Ethiopia.
The team at Hamlin Fistula UK would like to say a big CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s graduates!
Watch a short video of the graduating class celebrating below: