$25M Grant Funds New Center for International Reproductive Health Training

This week, the University of Michigan Health System announced the receipt of a $25 million grant from an anonymous donor to Principle Investigator, Senait Fisseha, MD, JD, for the establishment of a center for international reproductive health training. Dr. Fisseha is Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and Medical Director at the Center for Reproductive Medicine at U-M Health Systems.

As noted in the October 8, 2014 press release,

"The grant will allow faculty at the U-M Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to create a center for reproductive health training in order to increase the number of health professionals equipped to provide life-saving reproductive health care, especially to women whose families are poor". "U-M’s new Center for International Reproductive Health Training 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. Unintended pregnancies among Ethiopian women are linked to a higher than global average of deaths and disability among women.  Such deaths are often unnecessary if health care providers were well-trained in critical medical procedures."

Initially, the project will focus on expanding the U-M existing reproductive health training partnership with St. Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College in Addis Ababa, to seven other medical schools in Ethiopia. The ultimate goal is to establish such services in other parts of Africa as well as South Asia.

Link to release: http://umhealth.me/ReproCenter

Link to blog within the release: http://umhealth.me/Fisseha

Link to embedded video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSF-6bTmv24