Our Approach & Programs
What we do?
Support access to safe motherhood services
LKF provides grants to improve access to the full spectrum of maternal health services needed before, during, and after childbirth. We support targeted medical training for health care workers and donate equipment to improve the quality of care at maternal health facilities. We also promote community-based services to help women plan and prepare for childbirth and reach health services.
Advocate for models that work
Through advocacy efforts in Ethiopia and around the world, the Foundation mobilizes political will and resources to improve the health of mothers. We call for health sector solutions and support services that are high-quality and affordable.
The Hawassa Maternal Child Health Center (MCH) is LKFs signature project in 2013. The MCH is a public-private clinic four hours south of Addis Ababa offering critical reproductive, pre and postnatal care, and emergency obstetric services to half a million people who previously had limited access to health care.
LKF partners with the Ethiopian Government and the Ethiopian North American Health Professionals Association (ENAHPA) to equip the MCH and train its growing clinical team in comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care. The numbers of mothers receiving basic preventative maternal health care has reached close to 5,000 since the Center opened in 2011 and demand continues to grow. In 2012 alone, hospital deliveries increased by 51% and the MCH has increased vaccinations, and nutritional counseling and checkups for young children and decreased the rates of mother-to-child HIV transmission. The Hawassa Maternal Child Health Center strives to be a model for new maternity clinics reaching underserved communities across Ethiopia.
To learn more about LKFs completed projects please visit our timeline.