Emory Nursing Maternal and Neonatal Health in Ethiopia Partnership

History

MaNHEP was launched in 2009 with an $8.1-million, two-and-a-half year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.The award is one of the largest grants ever received by the Emory University School of Nursing. Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, the Foundation focuses on improving health and providing opportunities to people to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In 2010, it announced a new $1.5-billion commitment over the next five years for family planning, maternal and child health and nutrition in developing countries.

MaNHEP will continue over the next four years with the assitance of a $4.5 million from the Micronutrient Initiative for a 4-year project designed to improve maternal and newborn survival rates in rural Ethiopia. The Micronutrient Initiative is an international non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that the world´s most vulnerable - especially women and children - in developing countries get the vitamins and minerals they need to survive and thrive. The grant will allow MaNHEP to extend to Ethiopia’s region of Afar and will focus on maternal nutrition.