GHI Advisory member Cynthie Anderson, medical director of the Arboretum Ob-Gyn clinic and UW-Madison assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, discusses her Seed Grant work to collaborate with in-country colleagues to expand access to long-term, reversible contraception in Ethiopia.
UW OB/Gyn has spearheaded a postpartum Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) program in Dane County, bringing free access to immediate postpartum LARC to women below the federal poverty level. Expanding LARC is a priority UW OB/Gyn shares with colleagues in Hawassa, Ethiopia. As envisioned by the 4W (Women and Well-being in Wisconsin and the World), the Seed Grant project:
- 1) Assesses desirability/feasibility of LARC scale-up in Southern Ethiopia through key informant interviews (physicians, midwives, policy-makers, users);
- 2) Formalizes collaborations with invested partners;
- 3) Assesses existing and promote future infrastructure to provide LARC and manage complications;
- 4) Enhances existing academic partnerships with Hawassa University through faculty and learner exchange, and
- 5) Adapts UW Residency Program LARC curriculum to Ethiopian context.