Ethiopian Born Doctor Leads Mission to Save Women’s Lives in Developing World

She is known for helping women on their journey to motherhood at the University of Michigan Center for Reproductive Medicine, but Dr. Senait Fisseha has been plagued by the plight of women in other parts of the world – the ones with the least access to quality care.

The reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist and mother of four knows all too well about the health challenges of the developing world. Born in Ethiopia – which has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world – Fisseha has long dreamt of being able to use her medical expertise to give back to the global community.

Now, a $25 million grant from an anonymous donor will give Fisseha that opportunity.

The money will allow Fisseha to start the new Center for International Reproductive Health Training, which will focus on increasing the number of health professionals equipped to provide life-saving reproductive health care in low-income countries.

The ultimate goal: To reduce the number of deaths among women across the globe.

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