ATSEDE AND INDIE'S CLINIC - TWO INSPIRING MIDWIVES
Posted on May 24 2020
This wonderful clinic, “Atsede and Indie’s Clinic”, is based in the Gurage Zone of central Ethiopia and provides healthcare for around 1,000 patients each year, with a special interest in maternal and child health. Established in 2018, it is the only such centre of its kind in Gurage Zone. The clinic serves the poorest communities, many living on $2 a day (according to a World Bank report, in 2004 only 3% of the inhabitants of Gurage had access to electricity).
Indie and Atsede – both midwives - opened the clinic because they wanted to practice midwifery that is “women- centred, empowering, trauma- informed, and compassionate”. At their Clinic, the care is free “but still high quality and full of love”. Indie and Atsede, who both have young children of their own, are “enthralled by our profession and passionate about ensuring that women here can birth in the way they deserve, and engage in their health by taking ownership over decisions”.
As well as compassionate, the clinic is also seriously professional, working within the Ethiopian government health framework, emphasising staff training and development, and taking part in academic research conducted by universities in both the UK and Ethiopia.
In Indie’s own words “Social inequalities are stark here, and a big part of our ethos is trying, in our own small way, to make a difference. We try to make sure all our women go home with a few outfits for their new baby, and a blanket and hat. We also try to help the older children who come for treatment. We support girls who would otherwise be kept home to do the household chores through school, and promising school leavers through university, whenever we can….We have a simple and peaceful life, doing our best to meet the challenges, but one full of love and laughter.”
We are genuinely excited to be sending 5 boxes of spare stock to support the inspiring work of Atsede and Indie.