Medical Care

Reducing Maternal Mortality in Underserved Areas

In 2008, millions in Ethiopia lacked access to medical care. In the areas surrounding Adwa and Leku alone, more than 12 million people relied on a few poorly equipped hospitals and medical facilities. Many were too remote or sick to be able to access services. The situation was especially grim for pregnant women who frequently died during complicated deliveries as they walked 15-35 miles to the nearest hospital or clinic.

Improving Medical Care in Ethiopia

To help reduce maternal mortality in Ethiopia and prevent children from becoming orphans, we’ve improved access to medical care by:

  • Building and establishing the Adwa Health Clinic and the Leku Primary Hospital.
  • Training Ethiopian medical staff in maternal care and neo-natal resuscitation.
  • Sponsoring quarterly medical missions staffed by U.S.-based doctors that train Ethiopian medical staff, supply critical medicine and equipment, and provide life-saving medical procedures.

In 2017, Leku Hospital was recognized as a leading training and teaching hospital in Ethiopia, providing support for other hospitals in the region.

Today, Adwa Health Clinic and the Leku Leading Hospital offer critical medical services to more than 25,000 individuals annually. Our medical missions offer training to 150 staff and provide life-saving treatments to more than 500 individuals each year. 

When a mother dies in childbirth, it puts her child in a crisis situation. Reducing the region's extremely high maternal mortality rate will not only mean that fewer children will become orphans, but also make those children much more likely to survive through childhood. The building of Leku Hospital was a true partnership between the government, the community and Wide Horizons For Children.
Dr. Fletcher Wilson
Chairman of the Wide Horizons For Children Medical Advisory Board and an OB-GYN