Maternal healthcare


Liya Kebede is the founder of the Liya Kebede Foundation (LKF) which was established in 2005 for the sole purpose of attending to the needs of mothers who face death risks due to inadequate healthcare. An Ethiopian by birth, she is a supermodel who has been featured in major magazines, runway shows and print campaigns for leading designers and brands and has acted in several feature films. LKF is a non-profit organization which raises funds through donations and product partnerships and issues grants to leading development organizations working in Africa to improve health services. Alongside The Liya Kebede Foundation, she launched the hand-crafted clothing brand, lemlem, which is produced by artisans in Africa. According to Liya, nearly 300,000 mothers die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth every year and 1 million newborns die on their birth day. Her appointment as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health,…