$3.6M Renewal Grant Expands Reproductive Health Work in Ethiopia

In 2012, Senait Fisseha, MD, JD, received a grant from an anonymous donor to launch Ethiopia’s first formal family planning medical education training program in association with St. Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College (SPHMMC) in Addis Adaba.  The two-year project sought to establish a three-prong training program to improve and expand the provision of family planning and comprehensive abortion services in Ethiopia through the targeted education and team training of midwives, general medical practitioners, OBGYN residents, and SPHMMC faculty.

Last week, Dr. Fisseha, who is Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at the University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS), learned that the same donor has more than doubled the original award to make SPHMMC a Center of Excellence for Reproductive Health and start a fellowship program for physicians who have demonstrated a commitment to family planning and abortion services. 

Awarded fellows are expected to take-up leadership positions at government hospitals or work with the Ministry of Health, as well as taking on national teaching and training roles including being program directors at the partner institutions of the new UMMS Center for International Reproductive Health Training.  The expectation is that fellows will be leaders, not only in providing advanced family planning and comprehensive abortion care, but also in advocating for improved services and training and mentoring future health professionals.

In addition to supporting the training and learning opportunities for physicians within (and potentially outside of) Ethiopia, the new award will also provide funds for infrastructure needs such as the renovation and expansion of existing laboratory and clinical space, new clinical and IT equipment purchases, and the addition of a clinical simulation space and a training theatre.

Read about the initial grant here.

Learn more about Global REACH Faculty Associates working in Ethiopia here.


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