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  • Vijf tweedejaars studenten in Arbaminch Health Science College
    Five second year students at Arba Minch Health Science College
    (Gamo Gofa Zone, 04.2017)
  • Vijf studenten bij hun demonstratie lokaal in het Health Science College
    Five students in front of their demonstration room
    (Gamo Gofa Zone, 04.2017)
  • Twee eerstejaars studenten van het Arba Minch Health Science College
    Two newly joining students at Arba Minch Health Science College
    (Gamo Gofa Zone, 04.2017)
  • Elshaday Antneh / Ntsanet Abebe / Fasika Kebede / Ayinababa Worku / Genet Habtamu / Jemila Seid / Elsa Birega
    Elshaday Antneh / Ntsanet Abebe / Fasika Kebede / Ayinababa Worku / Genet Habtamu / Jemila Seid / Elsa Birega
    (Bench Maji Zone, 05.2017)
  • Samengedreven vee in kraal bij Miro Beh Village
    Gathered cattle in corral at Miro Beh Village
    (South Omo Zone, 04.2011)
  • Drie jonge vrouwen tijdens interview in Miro Beh Village
    Three young women during interview at Miro Beh Village
    (South Omo Zone, 04.2011)
  • Vrouwen en kinderen bij malen van sorghum in Miro Beh Village
    Women and children busy with sorghum grinding at Miro Beh Village
    (South Omo Zone, 04.2011)
  • Vroedvrouw en Health Officer in onderzoeksruimte Hula Health Center
    Midwife and Health Officer in examination room at Hula Health Center
    (Sidama Zone, 03.2011)
  • Health Officer stelt vragen aan zwangere vrouwen op consult
    Health Officer asks questions to pregnant women about pregnancy
    (Sidama Zone, 03.2011)
  • Zwangere vrouwen met babies op zwangeschapsconsult in Hagere Selam
    Pregnant women with their babies at pregnancy consult - Hagere Selam
    (Sidama Zone, 03.2011)
  • Twee andere zwangere vrouwen met babies op consult in Hagere Selam
    Two other pregnant women with babies for consult at Hagere Selam
    (Sidama Zone, 03.2011)
  • Vijf vrouwen met babies op zwangerschapsconsult in Hagare Selam
    Five women and their babies on pregnancy consult at Hagere Selam
    (Sidama Zone, 03.2011)
  • Zwangere vrouw wacht op haar beurt in Hula H Center - Hagere Selam
    Pregnant woman waits for her turn at Hula Health Center - Hagere Selam
    (Sidama Zone, 03.2011)
  • Top 5 doodsoorzaak in 2010 voor kinderen onder 5 jaar - Hagere Selam
    Top Five Morbidity Cause 2010 for under 5 year children - Hagere Selam
    (Sidama Zone, 03.2011)
  • Vroedvrouw in verloskamer in Hula Health Center - Hagere Selam
    Midwife at delivery room at Hula Health Center - Hagare Selam
    (Sidama Zone, 03.2011)
  • Bewoners keren terug naar dorp met proviand voor regenseizoen - Makki
    Residents return home with food for rainy season - near Makki Village
    (South Omo Zone, 04.2011)
  • Jonge vrouwen worden ondervraagd voor focus group interview - Makki
    Young women answering questions during focus group interview - Makki
    (South Omo Zone, 04.2011)
  • Een andere groep vrouwen wordt vragen gesteld tijdens interview - Makki
    Another group of women are questioned about pregnancy - Makki Village
    (South Omo Zone, 04.2011)
  • Mursi vrouwen tijdens een focus group interview - Makki Village
    Mursi women during a focus group interview - Makki Village
    (South Omo Zone, 04.2011)
  • Drie eerstejaars studenten bij klaslokaal in Mizan Aman Health College
    Three students in their first year at class room - Mizan Aman Health College
    (Bench Maji Zone, 05.2015)
  • Dhr. Bahiru Mulatu, vice decaan bij het Arba Minch Health Science College
    Mr. Bahiru Mulatu, Vice Dean at the Arba Minch Health Science College
    (Gamo Gofa Zone, 30.01.2016)
  • Vijf nieuwe eerstejaars + een tweedejaars student aan Arba Minch HSc College
    Five new first year students + one second year student - Arba Minch HSc College
    (Gamo Gofa Zone, 30.01.2016)
  • Drie nieuwe eerstejaars + een tweedejaars student bij decaan van Mizan Aman HSc College
    One second year student and three new first year students, Mizan Aman HSc College
    (Bench Maji Zone, 07.05.2016)
  • Vier studenten met Bill-Board -'No-mother-should-die-while-giving-birth'
    Four students at Bill-Board -'No-mother-should-die-while-giving-birth'
    (Bench Maji Zone, 07.05.2016)
  • Hutten van Mursi volk, vooral bewoond vlak voor en tijdens regenseizoen - Makki
    Huts of Mursi People, used only just before and during rainy season - Makki
    (South Omo Zone, 04.2011)

What is Bilma?

Bilateral Matters Foundation - also known as BILMA Foundation - is a Dutch organisation that is initiating

health care projects in Southern Ethiopia - SNNPR = Southern Nations, Nationalities and
People’s Region.

Our goals

  • Development of local expertise, in particular the training of midwives
  • A Feasibility Study around the need for surgical training of midwives (executing ceasareans) 


Our intake

Principally we cooperate only with local organisations to enhance efficacy of the local health care structure.

Our foundation is cooperation with the SNNP Regional Heath Bureau in Hawassa, the capital of the Southern State,

Financially we also cooperate with the Dutch organisation “Stichting Adopteer een Vroedvrouw“ which is supporting the training of two of our students.

Our project to train midwives in remote areas

Een samenvattend document over het project kunt u hier downloaden

You can download a comprehensive document about our project here

At the end of the year 2014 six students started a three training to become a midwife at a regular governmental training facility – a Health Science College in two different places. Every year six new students will be admitted
for training. Candidates will be selected for their specific place of origin.
This indicates that they will be selected from places where at this moment no midwife is yet allocated.

The selection of candidates is organized by the SNNP Regional Health Bureau, that also will be responsible for later employment as a health care worker in the Southern part of the SNNPR. Our first student has already graduated
in August, and three other students will graduate in December 2017.

In the meantime 18 students are trained in our porject (20 students next year) at training facilities in two bif Zones (South Omo en Bench Maji).
In no other way – without our stipendium – not, or hardly any student would be trained originating from these two Zones.

Almost all students speak another language - their ‘native speech’.
There are more than 60 different languages spoken in the SNNPR. On school they learned to speak and write in Amharic language; the common language for training of all Ethiopian students. The particular advantage in this project is
that all trained midwives now speak the language of the pregnant women that they are going to treat.

At the end of the year 2017 four of our students will graduate. They are going to work in the place of origin as first employed midwife in that position.

Mission & strategy
  • Bilma Foundation wants to initiate projects in East-Africa and to develop these projects in the sense of local expertise improvement and enhancement of the present health structure, in particular for pregnant women.

  • The Foundation is focussed to cooperate with Regional Health Institutions in the development and implementation of maternal health care projects.

    • improvement of local expertise in maternal care, in particular by the training of midwives
    • improvement of the health infrastructure for pregnant women
    • support of projects to adapt an existing health structure into a state
    • where the trained midwives can work after graduation in their native environment, when this structure is not fit at present
    • research of the possibilities for the installation of a new curriculum for experienced midwives and nurses to become trained as a surgeon