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Follow the data, invest in midwives: International Day of the midwife 2021

“Follow the data, invest in midwives” is the theme of the 2021 International Day of the Midwife which we celebrate today.

This goal fits closely with Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s goal to invest in midwifery as a crucial tool to eradicate fistula in Ethiopia, forever.

Statistics from midwifery study

New research published in the Lancet Global Health in 2021 has highlighted that investment in midwives globally could play a significant role in preventing and reducing maternal deaths and stillbirths.

The study found that increasing the numbers of midwives who are educated and regulated to global standards, such as Hamlin midwives, to achieve universal coverage by 2035 could avert 67% of maternal deaths and 65% of stillbirths.

Hamlin is contributing to this global goal through training at the Hamlin College of Midwifery, which deploys around 25 highly qualified new graduates each year to remote rural health centres, and through providing drugs and equipment for centres where midwives are based.

Since its founding in 2007, the Hamlin College of Midwives has deployed almost 150 midwives across Ethiopia.

Over the past year Hamlin midwives have continued to deliver services to women at health centres across Ethiopia and in 2019-20 alone Hamlin midwives delivered almost 25,000 babies.

Today we celebrate their contribution and support the International Confederation of Midwives call for investment in midwives around the world.

A Hamlin midwife at work

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