Lensa was a Diploma Nurse in the West Wollega area of Ethiopia. We are sponsoring her 4 year course to become a qualified midwife. Lensa started the course in October 2012 and we asked her to let us know how she is getting on. Here is what she had to say;
I have classes Monday to Friday and sometimes tutorials on Saturday. There are 53 students in my class and there are some very clever students. I had exams in sociology and health technology and scored A in both. I got an A+ in my anatomy exam last week and have my physiology next week. The Myles textbook which Maternity Worldwide sent me has really helped. I also have English classes as part of the course, I got a B+ for my exam but I am trying to improve. I live in a nice dormitory with 8 other students.
It costs as little as £80 a month, on average, to sponsor the training of a midwife in Ethiopia. In West Wollega, throughout the career of a midwife they could help to deliver approximately 7,500 babies. At the moment around 94% of women give birth without any skilled health workers present. We could change this by training more midwives. If you would like to help then why not host a Muffins for Midwives event.