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Our mission is to prevent maternal and neonatal death in childbirth and to treat and prevent gynecologic complications of childbirth in rural Ethiopia.
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.
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.
US BASED PARTNERS
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
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
Haik Kocharian – Photographer
Madeleine Gehrig – Photographer
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
ETHIOPIA BASED PARTNERS
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 School of Nursing
Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Development and Social Services Committee
Western Wollega Bethel Synod
Bir Bir Dila Synod
Kale Hiwot Church
Mizan Tepi University Teaching Hospital
Mizan Aman Health Sciences College
Rotary Club of Addis Ababa