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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.

AllBoard of Directors and Team MembersEthiopia-Based PartnersCollaborating Partners
Founder & President

Margaret “Migs” Muldrow, MD

Chair

Laury Bowman, JD

Founder and Secretary

Ruth Harada, MD

Director

Peter VanArsdale, PhD

Treasurer

Christopher Edwards

Founder & Former Treasurer

William Kent, PhD

Former Treasurer

Cindy Nichol, MA, MPP

Team Admin

Lauren Gallagher

Consultant

Kaye Wattawa

Communications Support

Artsy Geek

Grant Support

Purpose Aligned

Photographer

Kathy Daly

Data Engineer

Zachary Towne

Team Member

Patty Kelly, RN

Team Member

William Lajoie, CPA

Team Member

Haik Kocharian

Team Member

Madeleine Gehrig

Team Member

Susan Barnett

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Ethiopian Government

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Afro Ethiopia Integrated Development

Ethiopia-Based Partner

SunTransfer Tech & Solar Energy Foundation

Ethiopian-Based Partner

Mizan Tepi University Teaching Hospital (MTUTH)

Ethiopia-Based Partners

Ahmed Mustefa

Ethiopia-Based Partners

Erkyehun Pawlos Sash

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Yared Deyas, BSC, MHP

Ethiopian-Based Partner

Teklemariam Ergat, PhD Fellow

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Dr. Isaak

Ethiopia-Based Partners

Shimaji Gurchima

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Mizan Aman Health Sciences College

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Development & Social Service Committee 

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Bir Bir Dila Synod Development and Social Service Committee

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Aira Hospital

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Tesgera Dinka, MD

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Tariku Wakuma, MD

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Warkineh Gemechu, MD

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Aira Hospital School of Nursing

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Western Wollega Bethel Synod Development & Social Service Committee

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Dugasa Beyene

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Bishatu Dinka

Ethiopia-Based Partners

Mitiku Abdisa

Collaborating Organization

Fistula Foundation

Collaborating Organization

Mennonite Central Committee

Collaborating Organization

Rotary International

Collaborating Organization

Tropical Health Alliance Foundation

Collaborating Organization

Water Engineers for the Americas and Africa (WEFTA)

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

JD Vice President, Regulatory Adherence and Accreditation, United Enterprise Clinical Service

Laury joined 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 of Regulatory Adherence and Accreditation for United Enterprise Clinical Service.

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.

Treasurer

Christopher Edwards

Treasurer

Christopher Edwards currently serves as Vice President of Finance & Accounting at Technology Service Corporation (TSC)

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.

Former 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.

Team Admin

Lauren Gallagher

Team Admin

Lauren comes from New York and has a support background working for companies such as Microsoft, Wipro, Hitachi and Anthem.

Consultant

Kaye Wattawa

Communications Support

Artsy Geek

We collaborate with Jennifer Heller and her team at Artsy Geek to tell our story.

Grant Support

Purpose Aligned

We collaborate with Susanna Eckelberger at Purpose Aligned Consulting to prospect for funders and to write grants.

Photographer

Kathy Daly

Kathy Daly is a lifelong educator and avid professional photographer. While the yearbook adviser at Overland High School in Aurora, CO, Kathy Daly led her yearbook staffs to numerous national and state awards. Kathy has received CSPA’s Gold Key and NSPA’s Pioneer Awards. In 1998, she was selected the Journalism Education Association’s Yearbook Adviser of the Year and has been awarded JEA’s Medal of Merit and Lifetime Achievement Award. After retiring from education, she has pursued a second career as a photographer and photo teacher.

Data Engineer

Zachary Towne

Zach is committed to expanding his impact as a volunteer focusing on data visualization, He is currently pursuing his Medical degree and is fueled by a deep interest in global medicine

Team Member

Patty Kelly, RN

International Master Trainer for Helping Mothers Survive

Team Member

William Lajoie, CPA

Team Member

Haik Kocharian

Team Member

Madeleine Gehrig

Team Member

Susan Barnett

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

Afro Ethiopia Integrated Development

Shimeta Ezezew and his team at AEID is our implementing partner for the WASH and Maternal Health Initiative in southwestern Ethiopia.

Ethiopia-Based Partner

SunTransfer Tech & Solar Energy Foundation

Yonas Workie, Engineer and Director of Suntransfer Tech, and Samson Tseggaye, Country Director of the Solar Energy Foundation, are working with us to implement solar power solutions for hospitals and pumps for wells in southwestern Ethiopia.

Ethiopian-Based Partner

Mizan Tepi University Teaching Hospital (MTUTH)

Erkyehaun Shash, MD is the CED of the MTUTH.  The hospital is a regional referral center for all health facilities in southwestern Ethiopia.  Together we are working to ensure that all women have access to skilled assistance at the time of delivery and, if needed, to emergency obstetric care, i.e. caesarian section.

Ethiopia-Based Partners

Ahmed Mustefa

President of the Mizan Tepi University

Ethiopia-Based Partners

Erkyehun Pawlos Sash

CED Mizan Tepi University Teaching Hospital

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Yared Deyas, BSC, MHP

Mizan Tepi University Teaching Hospital (MTUTH)

Yared Deyas, BSC, MHP heads our education and training programs for nurse midwives in southwestern Ethiopia.

Ethiopian-Based Partner

Teklemariam Ergat, PhD Fellow

PhD Fellow in Public Health and Reproductive Medicine at Jimma University, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Mizan Tepi University (MTU) and former CED of the MTUTH.

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 in 2019.

Ethiopia-Based Partners

Shimaji Gurchima

Head of the West Omo Zone Health Department and Representative of the Zone Administration

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Mizan Aman Health Sciences College

Mizan Aman Health Sciences College has a nurse midwife training program. We partner to provide village women with three-year scholarships to attend this program.

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Development & Social Service Committee 

Abaye Wakwoy is the Commissioner for the EECMY DASSC in Ethiopia.  The organization oversees development programs throughout Ethiopia including Aira Hospital, the Aira Hospital School of Nursing and the Screen, Transport and Treat Program in western Ethiopia.

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Bir Bir Dila Synod Development and Social Service Committee

The BBD Synod branch office oversees Aira Hospital and the Aira Hospital School of Nursing.

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Aira Hospital

Through the STT Program, Aira Hospital has become a center of excellence for women’s health in western Ethiopia. Women identified with gynecologic complications of childbirth, including obstetric fistula, undergo surgery here.

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Tesgera Dinka, MD

Tesgerea Dinka, MD is the Medical Director of Aira Hospital.

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Tariku Wakuma, MD

Tariku Wakuma, MD is a General Surgeon and the former Medical Director of Aira Hospital.  He operates on women with severe pelvic organ prolapse and obstetric fistula at Aira Hospital.

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Warkineh Gemechu, MD

Warkineh Gemechu, MD is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist. He operates on women with severe pelvic organ prolapse and obstetric fistula at Aira Hospital.

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Aira Hospital School of Nursing

Megersa Argaw is CED of the School of Nursing at Aira Hospital. We partner with the School of Nursing to provide village women with three-year scholarships to attend their nurse midwifery training program.

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Western Wollega Bethel Synod Development & Social Service Committee

Gemuchu Senbeto is the Manager of the WWBS DASSC branch office that oversees the STT Program and the STT Rehabilitation Program in western Ethiopia.

Ethiopia-Based Partner

Dugasa Beyene

Western Wollega Bethel Synod Development and Social Service Committee

Dugasa Beyene is the Project Manager of the STT Program under the WWBS DASSC branch office.

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 Partners

Mitiku Abdisa

CED of the Dembi Dollo University Teaching Hospital

Collaborating Organization

Fistula Foundation

We collaborate with the Fistula Foundation to screen, transport and treat women with obstetric fistula in western Ethiopia.

Collaborating Organization

Mennonite Central Committee

Paul and Rebecca Mosely are the Country Representatives for the MCC in Ethiopia. MCC is collaborating with us to bring clean, safe and effective healthcare to all residents of the West Omo Zone in southwestern Ethiopia.

Collaborating Organization

Rotary International

Rotary Clubs of District 5450, Denver, Colorado And the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

In the United States, Steve Werner, Peter Van Arsdale, PhD and Laury Bowman, JD lead the effort to engage Rotarians on our behalf.

Collaborating Organization

Tropical Health Alliance Foundation

thaf.org

Collaborating Organization

Water Engineers for the Americas and Africa (WEFTA)

At WEFTA, Tim Wellman, Executive Director, and engineers Scott McKitrick, Emily and Stephen Parker and Austin Quig-Hartman volunteer their time to support our WASH, solar power projects and circuit riding program in rural Ethiopia.

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