Lelabo

Lelabo

Lelabo, now 21, is one of 29 women who have graduated from AMREF’s midwife diploma program in South Omo, a remote region in south-western Ethiopia. “After I complete my education, I want to go back to my village and as the meaning of my name indicates, I want to be a ‘ray of satisfaction and happiness’ to my family and the community. I can do this by advising women to have antenatal care along with follow ups, and to give birth at health facilities. I will also work to ease their pain and prevent various complications that may arise during labour and delivery.” Lelabo was the first woman from her pastoralist ethnic group, the Mursi, to ever complete high school, and will also be the first to become a trained health professional. When she returns to her community, professional safe birth advice will be available in Mursi language for the first time. Lelabo also serves as a role model for Mursi girls and women: “Now other women will see my skills and begin to think differently about what they can do in life.”

Related work: Maternal Health