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Michael Amera

Michael, from Debre Berhan University, was driven to midwifery because he loves his mother; the subject was his first choice when beginning post-secondary studies. Since graduating, he has taught and worked as a clinician for 16 months.

He is interested in conducting research; during the SMTTP he was eager to learn how to develop research proposals.

“I’m eager to know about maternal and child health and to help reduce Ethiopia’s rates of maternal
and neonatal morbidity and mortality.”

Mohamed Omar

Mohamed became a midwife so that he could promote health and prevent complications for mothers and babies during childbirth. He has 18 months of experience working as an instructor at Jigjiga University.

“I am trying to materialize my commitment to helping mother and child, despite many challenges. I have good prospects and am doing well.”


Nardos Delelegn

Nardos has been a midwifery instructor at Mizan Tepi University for three and a half years. Her mother had a tear during childbirth and was not treated well by attending professionals. She wanted to become a midwife to give mothers the support and care they deserve.

"I want to encourage women in Ethiopia to be active participants in health care decisions. I want to teach them how to best care for themselves through proper nutrition and exercise, and generally give them greater control over their pregnancies and birth experience."

Rediet Endalew

Rediet, from Wachemo University, has four months of experience as a midwifery instructor. She has always had an interest in working as a health professional and felt that midwifery offered a job that could provide endless feelings of satisfaction.

“Not so long ago, I was a midwifery student and I saw that teachers greatly affect the process of producing competent professionals. I have seen gaps in producing quality midwives and I hope to change that.”


Siraye Genzeb

For a long time, Siraye dreamed of helping women during childbirth in order to reduce mortality and contribute to Ethiopia’s efforts to achieve Millennium Development Goals. From Addis Ababa University, she saw the SMTTP as a great opportunity to learn new teaching strategies and gain research skills to help solve problems in her community.

"I became a midwife to fulfill my citizen’s responsibility.”

Tadilo Tesfaw

Tadilo has two years of clinical experience and 16 months of teaching experience at Debre Tabor Health Science College. He believes the midwifery profession is very interesting and respects his colleagues and the work they do. The SMTTP was a welcome opportunity to update skills and knowledge.              

“I don't want to see poor conditions for labour and delivery.”

Teshale Mulatu

Teshale became a midwife after hearing of the assistance his mother received at a hospital during a difficult birth, and after watching a neighbour be transferred to the health centre due to excessive bleeding after delivering at home. He has taught for four years at Haramaya University, and has one year of clinical experience.

“I chose midwifery because saving the life of the life-giver gives me the most possible satisfaction.”


Zinabua Girmay

Now with the Ethiopian Midwives Association, Zinabua brought 21 years’ clinical experience to our training program. In a career that has also included six years’ teaching, her goal has been to enhance the midwifery profession by providing quality care to all mothers, by preventing and managing disease and by promoting safe motherhood.

As well as updating her knowledge and midwifery skills, she welcomed the SMTTP for the opportunity to learn about writing research proposals, and organizing and analyzing data.

“I love my profession in the depth of my heart because it gives me satisfaction seeing a woman give birth normally and go home with her baby.”