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Inaugural 'Health Worker Leadership Award' Honors Kenyan Midwife, IntraHealth Senior Leader

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To honor 30 years of supporting health workers, IntraHealth International has created a named award for a long-serving employee, Pauline Wambui Muhuhu. President and CEO Pape Gaye presented the inaugural Pauline Muhuhu Leadership Award, with a small cash prize, during a ceremony at the non-profit's North Carolina headquarters this week.

With the annual award, IntraHealth seeks to recognize health workers who dedicate their careers to supporting primary providers in underserved regions of the world. IntraHealth will create a formal review panel to receive nominations and select future recipients. "We know there are other global health awards out there. However, we see this award as filling a unique niche, with a grand vision that it will grow in meaning over time," says Gaye.

"At IntraHealth, we passionately believe an appropriately trained, highly motivated, fairly paid health worker is at the center of any health program or functioning health system," explains Rebecca Kohler, vice president of external affairs. "This award recognizes public health professionals who help fulfill a promise to the communities we serve -- because health workers save lives."

A masters-level nurse-midwife from Kenya, Muhuhu joined IntraHealth in 1981. She has trained thousands of nurse-midwives in lifesaving family health practices, altered policy and professionalized the delivery of primary health care across East and Southern Africa. She is currently Senior Best Practices Advisor on the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Extending Service Delivery Project, where she documents and disseminates proven approaches in reproductive health and family planning.

"For the past three decades, Pauline has inspired, mentored, and challenged countless IntraHealth staff members, colleagues, and partners to live up to commitments of health for all -- health care that is high quality, accessible, affordable, and sustainable," says friend and colleague, Maureen Corbett, IntraHealth's vice president of programs.

Learn more about Muhuhu, including how she expanded access to lifesaving post-abortion care services in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, and the Muhuhu Award.

IntraHealth International is a U.S.-based non-profit organization that has served the public health needs of developing countries for 30 years. IntraHealth's mission is to create sustainable, accessible health care by strengthening health workers and the systems that support them. In addition to USAID, IntraHealth receives funding and support from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, private foundations, corporations and individuals.

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