The experiences that Jean Murtagh had during her Cuso International volunteer placement and also as a CESO volunteer had a profound impact on her. While in Ghana with Cuso International in the 1980s, she attended more than 1,800 births as a midwife and examined more than 22,000 newborns and toddlers. She saw the direct correlation between poverty and increased health risks. Her experiences led to her founding the Fondation Murcar Foundation, which runs programs for poor and vulnerable women and their families on improved health and increase access to prenatal and postnatal health care.
Jean Murtagh passed away in September of 2017 after contracting an illness during a trip to Ghana.