Who We Are

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), two-thirds of preventable maternal deaths occur in developing countries, with nearly half occurring in sub-Saharan Africa. In Sub-Saharan Africa, a mother’s risk of dying in childbirth is 1 in 38, 10 times higher than in developed countries. Similarly, risks to the fetus are also significantly higher in developing countries, which account for 98% of all stillbirths. Many of the causes of maternal and fetal death are preventable. GIRHL wishes to address the core causes of these rates of morbidity and mortality.

GIRHL values the beliefs that a healthy family is the foundation for a stronger community and the cornerstone of a better society, and that innovation and sustainability are the key drivers of improvements in global health. We envision a world where all women and men have access to quality reproductive healthcare regardless of socioeconomic status, religion, ethnicity, or geography.

Our Mission

To identify problems through an engineering lens and increase access and quality of reproductive health care globally through research, development, and implementation of innovative solutions.


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




Ali Borazjani, PhD – President and Co-Founder

Beth Sterrett, RN – Director of Development

Allan Kember, MD Candidate – Director of Programs
Jerry Coleman, MB, ChB, FWACS – West Africa Regional Director

Joshua Jeanson, JD – Business Officer and Internal Legal Counsel