Woman Crush Wednesday (WCW): Muzalema Mwanza

by Duke Magazine

Muzalema Mwanza is a Zambian social entrepreneur, civil engineer, and health advocate, who is reducing worry about the birth process by reestablishing trust between communities and clinics. She tries to guarantee that women’s and newborns’ safety are not jeopardized at under-resourced clinics or during home deliveries in areas far from a safe health facility.

She is the co-founder of Safe Motherhood Alliance, an organization founded after her own delivery experience to promote safe births in marginalized regions.

Muzalema teaches birth attendants in Zambia to increase the quality of care and safety in both clinic and home births. She is a Mandela Washington Fellow, an Obama Leaders: Africa Fellow, a finalist for the Africa Prize, and an Ashoka Fellow.

She was a Mandela Washington Fellow at the University of San Diego in California, a NEPAD Bioentrepreneurs winner in South Africa, a Slush Global Impact Accelerator winner in Finland, and a YHER Africa Accelerator winner, and she has appeared on BBC. Muzalema is an Echoing Green Fellow for 2020.

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