Transforming lives in Ethiopia

Hear from two of our wonderful maternal health partners explaining more about the impact of your support…

Midwives save lives.

Around 70% of all births in Ethiopia occur outside healthcare facilities, without the assistance of trained midwives. 

Important progress is being made to improve maternal healthcare across the country, however maternal mortality rates are still high. 10,000 mothers a year still die in childbirth or during pregnancy, the fourth highest level of maternal mortality in the world.

Without trained medical assistance, women are more likely to sustain childbirth injuries, such as obstetric fistula. 

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

Our maternal health partners are working to ensure every woman can access the care and support they need to give birth safely.

How will my donation help protect women in Ethiopia and prevent obstetric fistula?

By improving access to maternal health services, our partners are saving the lives of mothers and babies, preventing the childbirth injuries that are so prevalent with prolonged unassisted labour and offering women choices in childbirth. 

Through their projects, they are:

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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

Our maternal health 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. 

Healing Hands of Joy’s mission is to see obstetric fistula eliminated from Ethiopia. They work to prevent this devastating childbirth injury, to find women with fistula and refer them for treatment, and to rehabilitate women who are recovering, helping them reintegrate in their community. Through their Safe Motherhood Ambassador programme, women who have been cured return to their communities to identify new cases of fistula and educate expectant mothers on safe delivery. HHOJ also works on a wider community level, hosting workshops, training religious leaders, holding film screenings and educating men and women, to raise awareness and change attitudes towards this socially-isolating condition.

Hope of Light provides obstetric fistula treatment at 3 Fistula Centres in Gondar, Jimma and Assela. The organisation was founded by Dr Ambaye WoldeMichael, a renowned fistula surgeon, who was originally trained by Dr Catherine Hamlin. HOL supplies medical supplies for fistula care, trains doctors in fistula surgery, raises awareness of fistula with health professionals and her team provides care and support for the women they treat through pre- and post-operative counselling.

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

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

119 women were cured of obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury, and could rejoin their communities with confidence

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

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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