Wendy Graham receives award for maternal health services from Government of Ethiopia
Wendy Graham, recently appointed Professor of Obstetrics Epidemiology at the School, was presented an award for services to the Government of Ethiopia, and received the Ministry’s designation as maternal health hero.
Over the last five years, the University of Aberdeen (UoA) and LSHTM have collaborated with the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia and the World Health Organization to establish a confidential enquiry system for deaths in pregnancy and childbirth.
A similar system has existed in the UK for over 50 years, and the team from the School and UOA have drawn on this and other experience from around the world to support an enquiry process suited to the context of Ethiopia. Here an estimated 9000 women die of pregnancy-related causes each year, with the vast majority of cases preventable with timely, appropriate and effective care. By identifying and reviewing these deaths and developing recommendations for action, the enquiry system helps to strengthen the maternity services and so reduce levels of mortality.
The Evidence for Action (E4A) project has been supported by Prof Wendy Graham and Joanna Busza from EPH. A final dissemination meeting was held in Addis Ababa on April 20th-21st. At the event, Prof Graham was presented with an award for services to the Government of Ethiopia, and received the Ministry’s designation as maternal health hero. The award was made by Dr Ephrem Tekele, and endorsed by Dr Azmach Hadush of WHO, Robert Stansfield (UK AID/DFID –the funder of E4A), and Dr Ruth Lawley who will lead the further development of the maternal death enquiry system with Joanna Busza.