The University of Michigan Health System has announced a $25 million gift from an anonymous donor to expand reproductive health medicine in Africa.
The gift, which was made as part of the university's $4 billion Hail to the Victor's campaign, will support the creation of a new center for reproductive health training within the university's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and enable the center to increase the number of health professionals equipped to provide life-saving reproductive health care in remote areas of the continent, especially for women who are poor.
Building on an existing partnership with St. Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the new Center for International Reproductive Health Training (CIRHT) will coordinate pre-service training to incoming doctors, nurses, and midwives, with a focus on comprehensive family planning services as well as timing and spacing of pregnancies for safe deliveries. In addition to funding the new center, the gift will enable U-M to expand services at seven medical schools in Ethiopia.
"Every day, women across the globe are dying and suffering from poor health outcomes because they don't have access to high quality, comprehensive reproductive health care," said Dr. Senait Fisseha, an Ethiopian-born reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist at the U-M Health System's Women's Health Center. "We are overwhelmingly grateful for this extraordinary grant that allows us to build on our strong foundation of global reproductive health programs and continue to pursue a longtime dream to provide all women a full scope of high-quality reproductive health care when and where they need it."