The Power of Personal Stories and Communities to Reduce Disparities in Global Maternal Health

Thursday, March 10, 2022  |  8:00–9:30 am CST

Organizations, activists, and practitioners across the globe are bringing hope by addressing the pervasive challenges of disparities in maternal health. Most importantly, women are leveraging their own personal stories to create grassroots programs that transform communities into agents of change. 

To celebrate International Women's Day, join our group of invited community champions and experts to hear how their organizations are working towards a world where every woman has access to save maternal care no matter the lottery of her birth.

Featuring opening remarks from Rep. Ilhan Omar!


Mary-Ann Etiebet, MD, MBA

Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet has over two decades of experience improving healthcare outcomes for underserved populations and transforming healthcare delivery at the frontlines. She serves as AVP for Health Equity at Merck, where she is responsible for driving an enterprise-wide health equity strategy for the company that delivers on sustainable business and societal value. She also serves as Lead of Merck for Mothers, Merck's $500M global health initiative to help create a world where no woman has to die giving life.


Sarah Omega

Sarah Omega is the Founder and Executive Director of Let’s End Fistula Initiative (LEFI). Her passion to advocate for women living with fistula started in 2007 following a successful surgical treatment that ended her 12 years of living with fistula. She was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the United Nations in Kenya on UN Day 2013 for her outstanding advocacy on behalf of women with obstetric fistula and was recognized as a Timeless Woman of Wonder in 2015 by the Timeless Women of Wonder Foundation (Africa).


Alice Emasu, MSW, MBA

Alice Emasu is the founder and Executive Director of TERREWODE and Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital (TWCH) . She brings to TERREWODE over 19 years of experience in leadership, management and programing. Her passion for gender equality and social justice is the driving force for unlocking the health care and economic systems that disempower women and the girl-child. Alice holds an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from the University of Cattolica, Italy.


Rahel Nardos, MD, MCR

Rahel Nardos is an associate professor in the University of Minnesota Medical School and Director of Global Women’s Health within the Center of Global Health and Social Responsibility. Born and raised in Ethiopia, Dr. Nardos moved to the US where she attended medical school at the Yale School of Medicine. She also spent one year as a staff surgeon at the Addis Ababa Hamlin Fistula Hospital and its multiple satellite medical centers in Ethiopia where she served women with childbirth injuries.
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IWD 2022 Webinar Series Event

Thursday, March 10, 2022
8:00–9:30 am CST

Unable to join us live? This webinar will be recorded and shared will all registrants following the event.

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