Emory Nursing Maternal and Neonatal Health in Ethiopia Partnership


MaNHEP is based at Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, an institution with a record of achievement in global health, particularly maternal and child health. The School is home to the Center for Research on Maternal and Newborn Survival, which seeks to reduce the global burden of maternal and newborn mortality. The School of Nursing's current and past global health projects in maternal and child health, nursing education, and HIV/AIDS care have included collaborations with sites in Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe), Asia (Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Nepal), Latin America and the Caribbean (Dominican Republic, Barbados and Jamaica), as well as Russia. The School has also provided leadership and assistance to enhance the capacity of the Addis Ababa School of Nursing and The Carter Center Ethiopian Public Health Training Initiative.

The Nursing School is part of Emory University's Global Health Institute, which seeks to develop innovative training programs and research studies to address the most pressing health challenges around the world, particularly in developing countries. The Institute is distinguished for creating a global health program that links the academic expertise and practical know-how of faculty and staff from across the Emory community. Through the efforts of the Institute, interdisciplinary teams of faculty are involved in a variety of projects around the world, including nurse training in Ethiopia, the Caribbean, Kenya, India, Bangladesh, and Russia.

MaNHEP partners include:

The Federal Ministry of Health in Ethiopia administers and coordinates all aspects of the public health system in Ethiopia. MaNHEP partners also include the Amhara and Oromia Regional Health Bureaus.

John Snow Research and Training Institute (JSI R&T) is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) with a lengthy history working in Ethiopia. In partnership with major U.S. donor and technical assistance agencies as well as other NGOs, JSI has worked on projects to improve maternal and newborn health, strengthen health systems, and reform national health care financing and national health management information systems. JSI has also been closely involved in working with the Federal Ministry of Health and Regional Health Bureaus in Ethiopia to strengthen the country's Health Extension Program, which aims to provide universal coverage of primary health care.

University Research Co., LLC (URC) provides technical assistance and consultancies to Ministries of Health with the goal of improving and strengthening the quality of and access to health services. Since early 1980s, URC has been supporting Ministries of Health in Africa and around the world to improve maternal, newborn and child health. URC's projects include improving management of essential obstetric and newborn care complications and prevention of postpartum hemorrhage in Niger and Benin; enhancing quality of newborn and pediatric health services in Eritrea, Niger, Benin, Malawi, and Tanzania. URC is known as a leader in adapting and implementing quality improvement approaches to improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. More about URC's advocacy of quality improvement to strengthen health services can be found here.

Addis Ababa University in Oromia Region is one of the largest and oldest institutions of higher education in Africa. Founded in 1950, Addis Ababa University has more than 400,000 students and 25 degree-granting programs.

Bahir Dar University in Amhara Region, founded in 2000, is one of the largest universities in Ethiopia, with more than 45,000 students and more than 53 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs. Faculty and students from both institutions participate in MaNHEP operational studies and monitoring and evaluation activities.

The Micronutrient Initiative (MI) is an Ottawa-based, international not-for-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, delivered through strong nutrition programs.  The MI mission is to be a global leader in advancing integrated, innovative and sustainable solutions to reduce micronutrient deficiencies through advocacy, technical and programmatic support, in collaboration with others. With Canadian support, MI is saving and improving the lives of 500 million people annually in more than 70 countries with the child survival, child health, growth and development, and women’s and newborn survival and health programs.