Hibo, midwifery student at Edna Hospital, Hargeisa

Supported by the international community, the Somaliland Health Authorities are working towards improving health services for the Somali people - including mothers and their babies. At the moment, maternal mortality rates are still estimated at 1044 per 100,000 live births. "I chose to become a midwife to help my community", says 24-year old Hibo, one of the midwifery students at the Edna Adan Hospital in Hargeisa. "Many women in Somaliland don't know about the good health services that are available to them. I would like to change that to make sure they take the advice we can give them and deliver their babies in a safe environment."