Transforming lives in Ethiopia

International Day of the Midwife

Maternal health in Ethiopia

Midwives save lives.

Every year on 5th May we celebrate the International Day of the Midwife. The International Confederation of Midwives established this important day to recognise and raise awareness of the vital work of midwives.

We believe every woman should be able to access the support of a trained midwife, and have choices in childbirth.

Important progress is being made to improve maternal healthcare in Ethiopia, however maternal mortality rates are still high. Around 70% of all births occur outside healthcare facilities, without the assistance of trained midwives.

Saving the lives of mothers and babies

We partner with local organisations who provide life-saving maternal healthcare and support for women across Ethiopia. Through their projects, they are:

International Day of the Midwife

Our impact 2022-23 

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77 midwives’ training costs were contributed to, so that thousands more women in rural communities can access life-saving care

602 babies were safely delivered by Traditional Birth Attendants and protected from harmful practices such as FGM

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317 pregnant women were supported through midwife home visits, bringing vital care to women who otherwise would have none

Midwives saving lives

Interview with midwife Atsede Kidane

“I always knew I wanted to be a midwife” Atsede is co-founder and Director of Atsede Clinic, one of our inspirational maternal health partners. In

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Senait’s Story

When fighting reached Sifra on the Tigray border, Senait, along with her family and neighbours, fled for their lives. But, in the chaos and confusion

Our midwifery partners

Atsede Clinic’s ‘Midwives on the Move’ project provides home visits to pregnant women living in the mountainous terrain of the Gurage Zone. Many of the women they work with either aren’t able to travel to health facilities for antenatal appointments, or do not think they are important enough. Alongside the antenatal, delivery and postnatal care they provide, they are working to change attitudes in communities, emphasising the importance of maternal health care and empowering women to make informed decisions about their own health. Atsede’s Maternity Clinic was founded by 2019 International Midwife of the Year, Atsede Kidane, and British midwife Indie McDowell.

The Hamlin Fistula Midwifery College aims to address the shortage of midwives across Ethiopia, and to accomplish their founder Dr Catherine Hamlin’s dream of “a midwife in every village”. The college offers a BSc degree in midwifery and MSc degree in clinical midwifery. Upon graduation each midwife is posted to rural health centres, to provide quality maternal health services to thousands of women – ensuring safer births and preventing injuries like obstetric fistula. 

Map of Ethiopia showing midwifery projects for International Day of the Midwife

Find out more

Watch our animation to discover more about the impact of our maternal health partners’ work…

For every £1 we raised in 2022…

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81p funds local projects in Ethiopia helping to transform lives.

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19p helps to raise the next £1 and funds essential running costs.

Why Ethiopiaid?

We raise funds for local Ethiopian charities to transform lives and achieve lasting change.

Our partners know the context and solutions; we listen and provide appropriate support. Growth and development are tracked in local communities using robust monitoring and evaluation. Partnerships continue as long as there’s a clear need and opportunities to make a lasting impact.

Our vision – an Ethiopia in which every person has access to quality education, healthcare and a life of dignity.

Our mission – breaking the cycle of poverty by enabling the poorest and most vulnerable and their communities to live with dignity, to build resilience and achieve real and sustainable solutions to the challenges they face.

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