How We Work
What We Do
Since 2016, we have:
Served More than 1000 Women through our STT Program
Our Screen, Transport, and Treat (STT) Program identifies women who are suffering from complications of childbirth and then transports them to a local hospital where they receive surgical treatment.
Trained 480 healthcare workers, 15 master trainers, and 22 nurse midwives
Our education and training programs aim to build a strong and confident rural workforce that is fully equipped to provide skilled assistance at the time of delivery.
Improved 10 healthcare facilities
Since 2016, we have implemented our WASH and Maternal Health Initiative in 9 medical facilities (3 district hospitals and 6 health centers) in rural Ethiopia. We have also worked to improve the infrastructure in one regional hospital.
We reach the areas of Ethiopia where women are the most vulnerable.
The main barriers to maternal health in rural ethiopia involve:
- The decision to seek medical care
- The ability to reach medical facilities
- The availability of adequate medical care
Each of our programs aims to overcome these barriers by:
- Working directly with local stakeholders to increase access to maternal health services
- Ensuring that medical facilities and healthcare providers have the ability to actually provide needed medical care
Community-Based & Community-Driven
Development experts have shown, time and again, that community buy-in is essential for successful and sustainable programming. Every program that we invest in is community-based and community-driven:
- Our leadership returns to Ethiopia annually to work with local partners.
- Together we perform deep needs assessments and collaborate to define projects and programs to meet local needs.
All our efforts must also interface with what the Ethiopian Government is doing and align with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendations for best practices.
Our Board members have spent hours speaking with village women, healthcare professionals, and community leaders to determine why women are not getting the help that they desperately need and to better understand how to intervene.