MATERNAL HEALTH INITIATIVE
STARTED: Incubation Program 2022
Co-founder, Director of Research and Strategy
SEED GRANT: $220,000
MONEY FUNDRAISED TO DATE: $30,250
TEAM SIZE: 2, 2 volunteers
Co-founder, Director of Partnerships and Field Operations
Producing transformative benefits to women’s health, agency, and income through increased access to family planning.
CURRENT OR PREDICTED IMPACT:
Initial estimates suggest that improvements to contraceptive counseling could have a cost per DALY averted competitive with GiveWell top charities, with additional large impacts on women’s autonomy.
They anticipate providing more than 1 million women with high-quality contraceptive counseling within five years, providing significant benefits to health, agency, and income.
They estimate a cost per DALY averted of $166, with a cost of $4 per woman provided with informed choice around contraceptive use through high-quality counseling.
Currently midway through a month-long trip to Sierra Leone and Ghana, aiming to establish necessary partnerships for proof of concept work, with a view to completing a pilot program in Summer 2023.
MHI completed a scoping trip to Ghana in October 2022, where they engaged with a variety of local NGOs, potential partner organizations, and healthcare providers. This trip has underpinned their program design as they move towards a proof of concept.
Received more than $30,000 in additional funding from individuals outside of the CE network within their first month.
Awarded an Honorable Mention for their submission on the potential impact of family planning interventions to the Open Philanthropy Cause Exploration Prize.
Met with 18 different stakeholder organizations and individuals in Ghana, building a network of ongoing partnerships that will support their proof of concept work in the country in early 2023.