February 10, 2015

UM Center, CIRHT, Launches First Phase of Reproductive Health Training in Ethiopia

Students at eight Ethiopian medical schools begin comprehensive reproductive health training through new center led by Ethiopian-born doctor 

Since leaving Ethiopia as a teenager to pursue medical school in the U.S., University of Michigan reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist Dr. Senait Fisseha has dreamed of returning to the country she grew up in to make a difference in women’s health.

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Today, the first phase of that dream becomes a reality as the new Center for International Reproductive Health Training (CIRHT) – led by Dr. Fisseha – begins its comprehensive reproductive health training program for students at eight Ethiopian medical schools.

During a ceremony in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Friday, CIRHT and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health officially announced the start of the program and the goal to reduce the alarmingly high number of maternal deaths in the country.

“Today, our center begins its new role in the developing world as we work with our partners in Ethiopia to ensure that incoming doctors, midwives and other health professionals are equipped to provide comprehensive reproductive health care that will save women’s lives,” says Fisseha, M.D., J.D.

“Too many women are dying strictly because they have poor access to the high-quality care they need. We share a vision with our Ethiopian health partners that no woman should have to suffer poor health outcomes because of where she lives.”