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Our core effort is focused in rural Ethiopia, where access to education for women is restricted, and limited maternity care means that the Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) is 70 times that of Switzerland. Unreliable or non-existent power supplies further endanger women in labor.


Working in tandem with local and international partners, we have adopted a holistic approach: training midwives, empowering young women to become role models and ensuring safer, more dignified labor conditions by supplying light and power to delivery rooms.


Since 2012, we have delivered:

  • Over 220 Solar Suitcases in rural health centers

  • 20 young women sponsored to complete BSc university programs in midwifery, with 6 graduates and 14 in training at the Hamlin College of Midwives

  • An increase of 67% in safe deliveries in rural health centers where a Hamlin-trained midwife is in attendance

  • 40% increase in the 4 prenatal visits recommended by the World Health Organization

  • 26% more families bring their newborn in for in for a post-natal check-up, a very important step in decreasing infant mortality

  • Almost 80% more women come for family planning and reproductive health advice.

  • Equipment for classroom training and health centres

  • Inter-personal skills and leadership workshops for midwifery students

  • Lecturer exchange program with Zurich Midwifery Institute (ZHAW)

  • The Hamlin Midwives Alumni Network launched

  • Co-ordination of workshops in Basic Body Awareness Therapy (BBAT) at the Hamlin College of Midwives, with the emphasis on pelvic floor muscle training, with midwife-students and teachers from the Hamlin College of Midwives, and nurses and physiotherapists from Hamlin Fistula Hospital


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