Our Mission

GIRHL’s mission is to increase access and quality of reproductive health care globally through research, development, and implementation of innovative solutions.

Our Vision

A world where all women and men have access to basic reproductive health care regardless of geography, economic status, religion, or ethnicity.

GIRHL is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization based in the US that focuses on improving maternal health in the developing world. GIRHL is primarily a research organization that works with local populations and health care professionals to identify needs and develop sustainable solutions that are applicable to the developing world. GIRHL’s research focuses on understanding the root causes of the deficit or problem as well as the people and communities it impacts. By supporting healthy women in their own environment, GIRHL is strengthening children, families, and communities.

GIRHL believes that every woman should have quality reproductive healthcare, regardless of socioeconomic status, religious and political beliefs, and geographical location.

Why we do what we do

In many parts of the world, pregnancy is the most dangerous time in a woman’s life. Maternal and infant morbidity and mortality rates are many times that of the US. Many of these deaths are preventable, and therefore unheard of in the developed world. GIRHL seeks to provide simple interventions that enable women, communities and populations to enjoy improved maternal health and pregnancy outcomes.


99% of maternal deaths occur in developing countries

According to the World Health Organization, there are 830 preventable maternal deaths every day. There are a myriad of causes: societal, economic, cultural, or even simple lack of infrastructure. GIRHL and its partners and peers are tackling these various causes so that pregnancy and birth may be a happy celebration for more women.

UNICEF: Missing Mothers

UNICEF has released a two minute video, "Missing Mothers" as a tool for international development professionals to use in raising awareness of the issue of maternal mortality.
"This year alone, more than 500,000 women will die during pregnancy or childbirth. That is one woman missing every minute of every day. We call these women missing because their deaths could have been avoided. In fact, 80 per cent of maternal deaths could be averted if women had access to essential maternal health services.

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