To achieve Dr Catherine Hamlin’s goal of eradicating fistula forever, we need more midwives in the field to identify pregnancy complications and prevent obstetric fistula in the first place.

Postgraduate Masters of Science Degree in Clinical Midwifery

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s new Masters Postgraduate Degree at the Hamlin College of Midwives in Addis Ababa is ready to launch. The first intake of twenty midwifery students has been recruited. All students will receive a full scholarship, thanks to our generous supporters. Hamlin’s goal is to continue to scale up and increase future intakes to thirty students annually. As a postgraduate program, the Masters consists of 55 credit hours of study and 582 hours of clinical practice that will be completed over two and a half years of study.

Meet Kamali and Aida. Both women grew up in the same community in Northern Ethiopia. Kamali trained as a midwife. Aida suffered without one. The difference a midwife like Kamali can make in a rural community is the difference between life and death. Learn more below.

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Like a lot of Ethiopian women (over 70%), Aida faced childbirth without the assistance of a midwife. She endured a five-day-long obstructed labour which resulted in a stillborn baby and an obstetric fistula injury that would plague her for the next 12 years.

In August this year, Aida had surgery at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia. She is now totally dry and excited to start her new life. If a midwife like Kamali had been present during Aida’s pregnancy and labour, actions could have been taken to avoid a fistula injury and save her baby.

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In July this year, Kamali graduated as a Hamlin midwife after four years of study at the Hamlin College of Midwives. Kamali will be deployed back into her local community to ensure no woman has to suffer like Aida.

Last year, Hamlin midwives delivered 30,095 babies and not a single fistula occurred where a Hamlin midwife was present.

“It is supporters like you who are giving life back to the poor women of my country, and I have no words to express my gratitude. Now it is my turn to go out into my community to deliver quality care for rural women and make you proud.” – Kamali

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Post graduate Masters of Science Degree in Clinical Midwifery

Cost for one Masters student scholarship at the Hamlin College of Midwives: $10,000 per year.

Total cost for one student scholarship, for two and a half years is $25,000, which includes: accomodation, tuition fees, medical supplies, insurance, utilities, travel and medical field practice costs.

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Key outcomes of Hamlin’s Masters in Midwifery:

> Reduce new incidences of obstetric fistula and maternal/neonatal deaths
> Increase number of safe deliveries of newborn babies
> Provision of quality neonatal care post childbirth by Hamlin midwives
> Reduce crisis referrals to Hamlin hospitals for emergency caesarean section deliveries due to early detection of pregnancy/childbirth complications by Hamlin midwives

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Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation has one purpose and one purpose only: eradicating fistula. Forever.