2015 Students

Gedamu Abera

Gedamu is an instructor at Mekelle University College of Health Science, Mekelle, Tigray region. He has more than six years' experience.

"When I finished my preparatory school, I joined Addis Ababa University College of Health Sciences and found out my profession by lottery. I wasn't happy. Even though professions have no ranking, our friends from the campus consider us inferior and lazy. But I awoke after a year, when I conducted my first attachment at Zewditu Hospital. Now, I am glad to be a midwife and I am ready to serve my community in my beloved profession."

Genet Atlabachew

Genet is an assistant lecturer at Menelik II Health Science College in Addis Ababa. Before starting to teach last year, she had gained more than 13 years of clinical experience as a practising midwife.

"I have two reasons for pursuing this profession. The first is that it is independent and novel. Secondly, I love my mother very much, so I want to help mothers in my life."

Abenezer Melkie

Abenezer is an instructor at Debre Tabor University in Debre Tabor, Oromia; he has one year of clinical experience and two years' teaching to his credit.

"Helping the mothers in our lives is a top responsibility in our culture," he says. "Midwives have a big role in managing labour, complications and family planning services. It's very motivating to see the Ethiopian government committed to decreasing rates of maternal and child mortality."

Amare Alemu

Amare is a lecturer in child health at Bahir Dar University in Bahir Dar, Oromia. He has more than five years' experience in clinical work, teaching and community services.

"I chose to be a midwife because I had a dream to help mothers and their newborns: the generation of our future in Ethiopia," he says.

Aselefech Seyife

Aselefech is an instructor at Araya Kahsu Health Science College in Aksum, Tigray region. She has been working for six years since graduation: one in clinical practice and five teaching.

"I have known the pain of growing up without family and especially without a mother, so I joined the department of midwifery to contribute to reducing maternal and newborn death," she says. "A healthy woman creates a healthy family. Unless a pregnant woman gets quality care, we may lose her and whole family is put at risk."

Bekana Fekecha

Bekana is a lecturer at Jimma University in Jimma, Oromia region. He has five years of teaching and clinical experience.

"I chose this profession when I joined the university because it contributed more than others to reducing maternal and newborn mortality. As a midwife, I can support and help pregnant, delivering and postnatal mothers by providing them with different types of health services such as focused anti-natal care, Basic Emergency and Obstetric Newborn Care ( BEmONC), family planning and immunization."

Beniyam Seifu

Beniyam is a lecturer at Ambo University, in Ambo, Oromia; he has one and a half years of teaching experience.

"To be honest, I became a midwife by chance," he says. "I always wanted to be a doctor, but I was admitted to the midwifery department. I am happy now, though, because I know that I have now helped more than one hundred mothers before, during and after their labour. By protecting mothers we will save families and also save our great Ethiopia. It is a blessing. And now I am educating the next generation of midwives. It is wonderful!"

Emnet Kebede

Emnet is a department head at Shashemene Referral Hospital in Shashemene, Oromia region. She has five years of clinical experience, and two years' experience as a teacher.

"I chose to be a midwife because of the desire I always had to help people - especially those who need care like pregnant mothers, children and neonates. Helping mothers makes me happy and gives me satisfaction."

Feruza Aliyi

Feruza is an assistant lecturer at Jigjiga University in Jigjiga, the capital of Ethiopia's Somali region. She has been teaching for a year and a half.

"As we all know, the Ethiopian maternal and neonatal mortality rates are very high, so I choose to help produce competent midwives for our country. I also am very happy to help mothers through stressful conditions and to find out that they’re satisfied with the help I offer to them."

Fikirte Geremew

Fikirte is a lecturer and head of the midwifery department at Arba Minch College of Health Sciences, Arba Minch, in Ethiopia's Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples region.

"For me it is a very interesting career to work with mothers and newborns and being able to help them to be healthy in their reproductive life. so that is why I chose to be a midwife."

Gebrekiros Aregawi

Gebrekiros is an assistant lecturer at Aksum University, Aksum, Tigray region. He has been teaching for two and a half years.

"When I joined the university, I didn't have much information about what midwifery meant. Now, it is my best choice ever. As much as possible I am ready to help all mothers who give birth."