By Jordan Wolfe, Sean Danaher, Mike Shost, Michelle Azar, Blake Toth, Sara Dagher, Takudzwa Rusike, Xi Yang, Xinyu Chang, Srividhya Sridhar, Colin Miller
In light of the United Nation’s fifth Millennium Development Goal to improve maternal health, we took it upon ourselves to delve further into the root causes of poor maternal health across the globe, and explore how we could make even the slightest difference. As a part of our research, we interviewed Dr. Timothy Johnson, an OB/GYN in the University of Michigan Health System, and inquired more about his primary hands-on work with expectant mothers in developing countries. We knew he would be a valuable resource because Dr. Johnson had firsthand experience with these mothers, and offered many valuable points of insight to us for our research. From there, we asked Dr. Johnson to recommend an organization to us to which we could direct the “action” part of our project to. He suggested many organizations such as United 2 heal. We decided to host a fundraising night for the United 2 Heal organization at the Burger Fi restaurant on campus. This organization funded the establishment of a maternal wing in a hospital in Ghana, and continuously fundraises to purchase medical supplies to send to the hospital. Ultimately, we wanted to bring awareness to a problem that holds significant relevance both in and out of the United States, and while doing so, raised money for a noble organization working to combat the lack of proper maternal medical care in developing nations. We raised around $170 for United 2 heal through our Burger Fi fundraiser.