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Our Story

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.

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. 


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


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


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


Laury Bowman, JD
Chair, Board of Directors
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, United Enterprise Clinical Service 

Margaret “Migs” Muldrow, MD
Founder and President, Board of Directors
Physician, Denver Dermatology Center 

Cindy Nichol, MA, MPP
Treasurer and Director, Board of Directors
Director of Airports, Sacramento County, California 

Ruth Harada, MD
Secretary and Director, Board of Directors
Retired Physician

Peter Van Arsdale, PhD
Director, Board of Directors
Retired Professor and former Director of African Initiatives, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver 

Carsen Jenkins, MA
Development Coordinator 

Haik Kocharian – Photographer
Madeleine Gehrig – Photographer
Susan Barnett
Jim Lyons, JD
Hollis Pence, PhD
William LaJoie, CPA
Margo Harrison, MD, MPH
Bronwen Kahn, MD
Patty Kelly, RN 

Rotary Clubs of District 5450, Denver, Colorado
Water Engineers for the Americas and Africa
Engineers Without Borders


We have a network of on the ground partners 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.

Afro Ethiopia Integrated Development

Aira Hospital 

Aira Hospital School of Nursing

Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Development and Social Services Committee

Western Wollega Bethel Synod

Bir Bir Dila Synod

Ethiopian Government

Kale Hiwot Church

Mizan Tepi University Teaching Hospital

Mizan Aman Health Sciences College

Rotary Club of Addis Ababa

Sawla Hospital