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2018 visit

I was in Ethiopia from 1 to 10 June. The country was calm, after an extended period of crisis resulting from ethnic conflict, which made travelling around the countryside nearly impossible during the past year. In August five more ‘Adopt more »

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Day 1: Dakuna Health Centre

Visit to Dakuna Health Centre near Endebir, which is run by Franciscan Sisters. Sister Wengelawit has been in charge of the Health Centre for two years. She’s an extraordinary woman; the centre is clean, well-maintained and organised. Three midwives currently more »

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Day 2: Jilela Health Centre

Jilela Health Centre is located 9 km off the paved road between Addis and Wolliso. It took us 2,5 hours to travel this 9 km stretch, even with our four-wheel-drive car! Perhaps it’s faster to walk but it was raining, more »

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Day 3: Amaya Health Centre

The biggest surprise was waiting for me in Amaya Health Centre. Last year I visited Mergitu, who also graduated in 2016. She works in Amaya Health Centre together with another midwife, and the Centre is already quite well organised. Last more »

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Day 4: Dalidakt Health Centre

Last year I also visited Samuel and to be honest, I have been quite worried about him this past year. He was not doing very well last year, and he had some difficulties finding his place in a team where more »

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Melaku

Melaku is another of the ‘Adopt a Midwife’ graduates, he graduated in 2014. During his studies, I immediately saw that he has exceptional talents: he is intelligent, polite, friendly, a good colleague, and curious. During his studies, it became evident more »

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Fistula Hospital

Visit to the Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa, Desta Mender (Village of Joy), and the Hamlin College of Midwifery. In the capital, we visited Fistula Hospital, also known as ‘the hospital by the river’. I was lucky to briefly speak more »

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Our collaboration with the Bilma Foundation

In August and December 2017, the first four students graduated in the south of Ethiopia. Armie Ayika, who graduated in Arba Minch is now working in South Omo. Netsanet Abebe, Jemilla Seid and Elshaday Anteneh, who graduated in Mizan Aman more »

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“100 Days of Poetry”

This book was published in December 2017: “100 Dagen Dichten” (100 Days of Poetry). In the book, I share my memories of my life and work in Ethiopia. The money raised by the sale of this book is for ‘Adopt more »

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Visit to Wolisso, May 2017

I have not been able to visit the project for a long time because of the state of emergency declared by the government in Ethiopia last year. In addition, communication via email was not always possible. For these reasons, during more »

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