In 2014, the IDP Foundation provided a seed grant to support the Mela Project. The mission of this project is to create a center of excellence in medical education, clinical training and research at Mekelle University in Ethiopia that can serve as a national and regional training center for Sub-Saharan Africa. The IDP Foundation is thrilled to support this sustainable effort!

Ethiopia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates (MMR) in the world. Every day, 70 women die as a consequence of pregnancy and childbirth. Furthermore, MMR is increasing; in 2005 in Ethiopia, MMR was 673 / 100,000 live births; in 2011, it was 676 / 100,000 live births. One key contributor to MMR is the lack of trained providers.

To increase number of OB/Gyns, the government of Ethiopia is undergoing a rapid scale-up of residency training the past 5 years. The Mela Project was conceived to support Ministry of Health’s efforts in starting an OB/Gyn residency program at Mekele University that will support the education and training of OB/Gyn residents. This, in turn, will increase the number of OB/Gyns in Ethiopia and reduce maternal mortality.

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