In 2022, Matron Konjit Kassahun was appointed as the Dean of the Hamlin College of Midwives. The College is a cornerstone of Catherine’s vision ensuring that women in Ethiopia have access to quality healthcare to prevent fistula injuries in the first place.
We asked Koniit to tell us about the impact of Hamlin’s midwives and how the College is working diligently towards fulfilling Catherine’s vision: “My dream is for there to be a midwife in every village of Ethiopia.”
The importance of midwifery
Midwifery provides skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate care for child-bearing women and newborn babies from pre-pregnancy through childbirth and the early weeks of life of the newborn.
Graduates play an essential part in ensuring safe childbirth and preventing fistulas and they educate women in their communities about breastfeeding, family planning, nutrition, exercise and postnatal care. Konjit says that the practical and theoretical study at the College makes Hamlin midwives feel confident to handle the unique challenges that come with working in a rural setting.
Continuing Catherine’s vision
As a vastly experienced nurse, Konjit knows the importance of maternal care and restoring dignity to women who’ve suffered for years. Konjit says, ‘’I feel proud to be part of such an organisation that has provided the utmost care for more than 60,000 Ethiopian women’. She is helping to ensure students at the College also feel that they pride and understand their important role in helping women and eradicating fistula. She says that she wish for the students is ‘strength, courage and resilience in their career as compassionate, kind and confident midwives’.
Each student is supported on a full scholarship, thanks to donors. To donate to train more midwives, donate today.