About > Meet Our Midwives

Belen Kakabo

Belen was our second sponsored student at the Hamlin College of Midwives, graduating in 2015. Since then she has achieved huge professional success, becoming the first female midwife to be appointed head of a health centre in Ethiopia. Having accumulated five years of experience at the centre, Belen inspires her younger colleagues, and provides them with valuable guidance.

Thehaynesh Mekonnen

Thehaynesh grew up near the capital of Amhara, a region in the highlands of Ethiopia. Her studies away from home have cultivated in her a sense of independence and maturity. At Hamlin College, she gets to enjoy an environment in which she has peaceful and positive interactions with staff members, medical professionals and patients alike. 

Tsinat Hussien

Tsinat is native to East Hararghe in the region of Oromia. She misses her family and friends back at home, where she enjoys singing and going to church. Tsinat is keen on learning; she is particularly interested in her anatomy and physiology course, and appreciates gaining practical skills, such as preventing fistula, in her internship.

Masresha Kaleb

Masresha, who comes from a family of six sisters and three brothers, says her village will be proud to see her as a midwife, especially as so few locals work in healthcare. Her favourite thing about her future profession is saving the lives of mothers. “One day,” she says, “I will be a great person.”

Etsegenet Wudneh

Etsegenet, who grew up near Hawassa, started her studies at Hamlin College in 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies and reading fiction. Although she misses home, she hopes to inspire other girls to continue their studies—not only as a career in midwifery can change their own lives, but because it can solve “maternal and child problems” in Ethiopia.

Selam comes from a rural area in the Tigray region. She has four brothers, three of whom work on their parents' farm, while the fourth is studying agriculture at university. Selam was inspired to become a midwife by a friend she knows from back home who is already qualified. Receiving this training is the first step towards her dream. 

Abebech knows fellow student Selam from back home, a rural area in the Tigray region. They went to the same class in high school. Abebech has two brothers and one sister. The oldest brother works at their parent´s farm, the younger is a teacher and her sister is still in high school. She misses her family during the semesters.

Zaid Desta

Zaid is the youngest of five siblings. One brother is a lawyer, one is an engineer. Both her sisters are still at the university (one is studying math and the other textiles). She is from a small town where her parents are merchants. She misses them and her hometown very much, but still likes the Hamlin Midwifery College and her studies there.

Medina Babu

During her time studying at the Hamlin College Medina performed and assisted in many deliveries. She lived in a dormitory with seven other girls from grade 1-3 (fourth year´s student live by themselves) and says that all her roommates were very kind and nice.  Medina started working at a rural health centre at the end of 2018.

Ilili Abdo

Ilili remembers being very afraid when she saw her first delivery, but she ended up really enjoyed participating in her course at Hamlin College. She is also very aware of the great need for qualified midwives in the rural communities and is loving the chance to put her skills into action.

Senait Saga

Senait is the oldest of five siblings. One sister studied economics at a university and the other siblings are still in high school or just finishing. Her father is a merchant and her mother a housewife. Senait enjoyed the practical phase of her studies. After her graduation she returned to her home region where she is working at a health center.

Ajem Tesfay Mebrahtu

Ajem, who comes from Abi-Adi, the same town as Aden, grew up in a family of
four brothers and three sisters. The shortage of midwives and lackluster
maternal care in her hometown have made her studies as a midwife all the
more meaningful. Her favorite subject is ‘normal midwifery’, as she gets to
learn about maternal care, and potential complications at birth.

Aden Gebremedhin Mebratu

Aden is studying psychology and sociology, which appeal to her sociable nature, and her internship has fine-tuned her communication skills with women in labour. She loves the social life she shares with her classmates, and wants to improve education about hygiene, nutrition and pregnancy in her hometown of Abi-Adi, in Tigray. She sees a vital importance in inspiring girls to pursue higher education; after all, girls make up “half our society”.

Liya Ftwi Nrea

28-year-old Liya asserts midwifery is no “minor” profession, contrary to what some people back at home in Enticho, Tigray may believe. By working in healthcare centres, Liya has experienced the practical applications of the theory she learns in class, and has confronted unique cases that have enhanced her skills as a midwife.

Belen Abraham Ummare

Belen is a new student from Oromiya, East Harargie.

Elelta Agex Barammo

Elelta is a new student from Yirgalem in the SNNPR region.

Seran Wondimu Ligaba

Seran is a new student from Gore, Oromia

Sosina Yohannes Tadesse

Sosina is a new student from Yirgalem in the SNNPR region

Meron Mulugeta Zebfere

Meron is a new student from East Hararghe in Oromia.

Muferihat Tofik Jemal

Muferihat is a new student from Mettu in the Oromia region.

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