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As a young girl, Margaret “Migs” Muldrow, MD, lived in southwestern Ethiopia, where her parents worked to establish educational, agricultural, and medical programs. Migs spent much of her childhood helping in a small medical clinic, an experience that ultimately led her to a career in medicine.

Years later, when she returned to Ethiopia, Migs discovered that as many as one in 10 women still die in childbirth, and 30 to 40% of those who survive are left with severe gynecologic problems. Nothing had changed in all of her time away.

Community leaders approached Migs with a request: partner with them to improve maternal health. With her knowledge of the area’s language, culture, and medical needs, she was in a unique position to create an organization that could help tackle the challenges faced by women living in some of the poorest and most remote parts of rural Ethiopia.

With the encouragement of David Douglas, Migs, Ruth Harada, MD, William Kent, PhD, Laury Bowman, JD and Cindy Nichol, MA, MPP (who also grew up in Ethiopia) came together and a small board was formed and the Village Health Partnership was launched. Each year, VHP board members and other volunteers travel to Ethiopia to work with community leaders to review progress, perform needs assessments, and define future programs and funding priorities. In the United States, board members and volunteers have logged countless hours working to raise money to support community-based efforts for safer motherhood in Ethiopia.

Our ​Values

Human Rights

Safe and effective maternal health care is a basic human right for women around the globe. 

Partnership

All projects and programs in Ethiopia are community-based and community-driven.

Collaboration

Resources are scarce. We are open to partnering with organizations around the world who are committed to safer motherhood.

Sustainability

We are a grassroots organization that works to support local leadership, train, mentor, and build long term relationships with communities in order to foster sustainable change.

Our Team

We have a network of partners in the United States and on the ground in Ethiopia. Our work would not be possible without them.

A special thank you for their leadership and for their ongoing commitment to safer motherhood.

AllStaff and Board of DirectorsUnited States PartnersEthiopia-Based Partners
Founder & President

Margaret “Migs” Muldrow, MD

Chair

Laury Bowman, JD

Treasurer

Cindy Nichol, MA, MPP

Founder and Secretary

Ruth Harada, MD

Director

Peter VanArsdale, PhD

Director

Margo Harrison, MD, MPH

Founder & Former Treasurer

William Kent, PhD

Development Coordinator

Carsen Jenkins, MA

Team Member

Haik Kocharian

Team Member

Madeleine Gehrig

Team Member

Susan Barnett

Team Member

Jim Lyons, JD

Team Member

Hollis Pence, PhD

Team Member

William Lajoie, CPA

Team Member

Bronwen Kahn, MD

Team Member

Patty Kelly, RN

Team Member

Tom Nichol, MD

Team Member

David “Dow” Muldrow

Rotary International
Collaborating Organization

Rotary Clubs of District 5450, Denver, Colorado

Collaborating Organization

Water Engineers for the Americas and Africa

Collaborating Organization

Engineers Without Borders

Collaborating Organization

Center for Global Health, University of Colorado

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Ethiopian Government

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Aira Hospital

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Aira Hospital School of Nursing

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Bir Bir Dila Synod Development and Social Service Committee

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Dugasa Beyene

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Bishatu Dinka

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Kale Hiwot Church

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Sawla Hospital

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Afro Ethiopia Integrated Development

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Rotary Club Of Addis Ababa

Ethiopian-Based Partner

Mizan Tepi University Teaching Hospital (MTUTH)

Ethiopian-Based Partner

Teklemariam Ergat Yarinbab, MHP, PhD Fellow

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Dr. Isaak

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Yared Deyas, BSC, MHP

Ethiopia-Based Partner

HBS Master Trainers

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Mizan Aman Health Sciences College

Founder & President

Margaret “Migs” Muldrow, MD

Physician, Denver Dermatology Center

“Migs” founded Village Health Partnership in 2010. She initially served as Chair of the Board of Directors and is now President, Chair of the Communications and Fundraising Committee, and Co-Chair of the Ethiopia Operations Committee. “Migs” grew up in Ethiopia where her parents worked to implement rural development programs in southwestern Ethiopia. She trained in Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then in Internal Medicine and Dermatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She now works in private practice in Dermatology.

Chair

Laury Bowman, JD

Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, United Enterprise Clinical Service

Laury joined the our Board of Directors in 2010. She is Chair of the Board of Directors and she serves as Chair of the Governance Committee. Laury received her law degree from the Hastings College of Law at the University of California. She works as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for the United Enterprise Clinical Service.

Treasurer

Cindy Nichol, MA, MPP

Director of Airports, Sacramento County, California

Cindy joined our Board of Directors in 2012. She serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors and is Chair of the Finance Committee. Cindy grew up in Ethiopia where her father worked as a physician in the Dembi Dollo Hospital in western Ethiopia. Cindy attended Carleton College where she received a BA in History. She then received a Masters in African Studies from the University of London and a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She now oversees four airports in Sacramento County, California as the Director of Airports.

Founder and Secretary

Ruth Harada, MD

Retired Physician

Ruth joined our Board of Directors in 2010. She is a founding member of the organization.  She serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors and is Co-Chair of the Ethiopian Operations Committee.  Ruth trained in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado and then in Psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland. She is now retired.

Director

Peter VanArsdale, PhD

Retired Professor and former Director of African Initiatives, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

Peter joined our Board of Directors in 2020. Peter serves as Director on the Board of Directors and he is a member of the Ethiopia Operations Committee. He attended the University of Colorado where he received a BA in Psychology and a PhD in Anthropology. Peter is an active Rotarian and retired Professor and former Director of African Initiatives for the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Director

Margo Harrison, MD, MPH

Physician, University of Colorado

Margo joined our Board of Directors in 2020. Margo serves as Director on the Board of Directors and she is a member of the Ethiopia Operations Committee. Margo trained in Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She went on to train at The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Yale University where she received a Masters in Public Health. She did a Residency in Obstetrics/Gynecology followed by a Fellowship in Global Maternal Health and Family Planning at Columbia University Medical Center. She currently works in the Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholars Program and on labor and delivery at the University of Colorado. She is pursuing a Masters in Dissemination and Implementation Science to advance her research skills.

Founder & Former Treasurer

William Kent, PhD

Principal with TK Associates

William “Bill” Kent joined our Board of Directors in 2010. He is a founding member of the organization. Bill served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors and Chair of the Finance Committee until his resignation.

Development Coordinator

Carsen Jenkins, MA

University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies Internship Program

Carsen works part-time as our Development Coordinator. Carsen recently graduated from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver where she received a Masters in International Human Rights. She is currently applying to medical school.

Team Member

Haik Kocharian

Team Member

Madeleine Gehrig

Team Member

Susan Barnett

Team Member

Jim Lyons, JD

Team Member

Hollis Pence, PhD

Team Member

William Lajoie, CPA

Team Member

Bronwen Kahn, MD

Team Member

Patty Kelly, RN

International Master Trainer for Helping Mothers Survive

Team Member

Tom Nichol, MD

Team Member

David “Dow” Muldrow

Collaborating Organization

Rotary Clubs of District 5450, Denver, Colorado

Collaborating Organization

Water Engineers for the Americas and Africa

Collaborating Organization

Engineers Without Borders

Collaborating Organization

Center for Global Health, University of Colorado

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Ethiopian Government

We work with Ethiopian Government officials at all levels to support community-based programs for safer motherhood.

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Aira Hospital

Megersa Argaw is CEO and Tesgera Jabesa MD is the Medical Director at Aira Hospital where we treat women under the Screen, Transport and Treat Program. Tariku Wakuma, MD, Surgeon, and Former Medical Director continues to support the program and operate on patients. We have constructed a new ward and operating room for gynecology patients at the hospital.

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Aira Hospital School of Nursing

We work through the Aira Hospital School of Nursing to train women to become nurse midwives. 

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Bir Bir Dila Synod Development and Social Service Committee

The Bir Bir Dila Synod Development and Social Service Committee (BDS DASSC) oversees Aira Hospital and the Aira Hospital School of Nursing.

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Dugasa Beyene

Western Wollega Bethel Synod Development and Social Service Committee

Dugasa Beyene is Director of the Western Wollega Bethel Synod Development and Social Service Committee (WWBS DASSC) and Director of the Screen, Transport and Treat Program in western Ethiopia.

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Bishatu Dinka

Western Wollega Bethel Synod Development and Social Service Committee

Bishatu Dinka is a Project Officer who works with the WWBS DASSC to facilitate the Screen, Transport and Treat Program. She has been key to connecting with disenfranchised women in the rural areas who suffer from gynecologic complications of childbirth.

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Kale Hiwot Church

Tassew Chefo is deeply involved with the Kale Hiwot Church in the Gofa Zone. The church’s commitment to the community inspired us to work together to treat women with obstetric fistula and to lift up the Sawla Hospital.

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Sawla Hospital

We constructed a maternity waiting area for the hospital. We have also been working with the hospital to train healthcare providers and to identify and facilitate the treatment of women with obstetric fistula.

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Afro Ethiopia Integrated Development

Shimeta Ezezew, CEO leads the team at Afro Ethiopia Integrated Development (AEID), an Ethiopian NGO.  AEID has been responsible for implementing our WASH and Maternal Health Initiative in the West Omo Zone of southwestern Ethiopia.

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Rotary Club Of Addis Ababa

Working in collaboration with Rotary Clubs of District 5450 in Denver, Colorado, and the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa, we are working to implement clean water projects in rural health facilities through the our WASH and Maternal Health Initiative in the West Omo Zone.

Ethiopian-Based Partner

Mizan Tepi University Teaching Hospital (MTUTH)

We installed a generator to power the operating rooms and labor and delivery at the hospital. We also constructed a maternity waiting area for the hospital. In addition, our education and training programs are based at the hospital which is a regional referral center for surrounding rural communities. 

Now, working in collaboration with Margo Harrison, MD, the Center for Global Health at the University of Colorado, Teklemariam, CEO, and physicians at MTUTH, we are performing clinical research to determine how best to ensure that the hospital is providing excellent medical care to pregnant women and neonates.

Doctors at the MTUTH including Tewodros Worku, MD, Ephrem Alemayehu, MD, Biruk Teshoma, MD, and Fasika Molla, MD are working with us to build a center of excellence in maternal health at the hospital.

Ethiopian-Based Partner

Teklemariam Ergat Yarinbab, MHP, PhD Fellow

Mizan Tepi Univeristy Teaching Hospital (MTUTH)

Teklemariam Ergat Yarinbab, MHP, PhD Fellow and CEO of the MTUTH leads our efforts at the hospital. 

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Dr. Isaak

Mizan Tepi University Teaching Hospital (MTUTH)

Dr. Isaak worked at the MTUTH for years as the only OB/GYN physician for 1.8 million people. He inspired us with his leadership, dedication, and commitment to his community. He passed away two years ago. He is truly missed.

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Yared Deyas, BSC, MHP

Mizan Tepi University Teaching Hospital (MTUTH)

Yared Deyas, BSC, MHP is a lecturer in the Department of Midwifery and Coordinator of the Education Development Center at the Mizan Tepi University (MTU). He directs our education and training programs under the MTUTH and the MTU. Our education efforts include Skill Building for Rural Healthcare Providers with a four day intensive in neonatal resuscitation and Basic Emergency Maternal Obstetric and Neonatal Care with a three week intensive for nurse-midwives practicing in the field.

Ethiopia-Based Partner

HBS Master Trainers

Amare Genetu, Ermiyas Ayalew, Firew Tiruneh, and Desalegn Girma.

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Mizan Aman Health Sciences College

We are providing three-year scholarships to women to become certified nurse midwives through the Mizan Aman Health Sciences College.