Thank You, Mama Maria

By Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director, Merck for Mothers

This piece originally ran on Huffington Post. The article takes a look at how a midwife working for PACE, PSI’s network member in Uganda, is fighting one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world.


Growing up, Mary Gorret Musoke, later nicknamed “Mama Maria,” was the only girl in her village in Uganda to receive more than a basic education. Her older brother wisely lobbied their father, who relented and allowed Mama Maria to attend school.

Education changed the trajectory of Mama Maria’s life and consequently empowered her to make women the focus of her life’s work. Today, she is a midwife, health advocate and successful businesswoman running a growing midwifery practice. She is also an advisor to the Ugandan Ministry of Health on how to make sure women in her country receive lifesaving, high quality maternal health services wherever they seek care.

Simply put, Mama Maria is one of my heroes.

Read more at Huffington Post.