The Christian Health Association of Liberia (CHAL) has donated 12 motorcycles and an assortment of medical supplies to several private and government health institutions in Liberia.
At the presentation, held over the weekend in Monrovia, CHAL executive director, Mrs. Patricia Kamara, explained that the donations included motorcycles, an ambulance and medical assortments valued at more than US$100K.
“They are meant to address some of the major challenges facing health centers across the country,” she said.
According to her, the project targeted facilities in four counties—Lofa, Nimba, Grand Kru and River Gee.
The beneficiary health and medical institutions included “Bolahun Health Center, Faith Clinic, Voinjama Free Pentecostal Clinic, Tappita Mid-Baptist Clinic, Saclepea Clinic, Smart Consortium, Newaken Clinic, and Jayproken Clinic.”
Others are Ganta Rehab Center, Assembly of God Church, New African Research and Development Agency, (NARDA), and Foya Borma Hospital, which received the only ambulance.
These donations, said Mrs. Kamara, were CHAL’s way of ensuring that these institutions are empowered to handle health related issues. “We believe that with the absence of these things, there will be serious challenges for our people,” she added.
Mrs. Kamara explained that government institutions were benefiting from the donations because the Ebola Virus Disease also affected them.
The CHAL boss said the donations came from Convey of HOPE, USA and Diakonie Kataphronelife in Germany.
Before the current donation, CHAL provided US$300.00 each to three hundred Ebola survivors in Montserrado, Margibi, Bong and Bomi Counties.
“We also distributed three months of medical supplies to 21 health facilities and 61 others in 12 of the 15 counties. We paid a total of US$2,000.00 as risk allowances to health facility staff members for the period of five months (October to February),”Mrs. Kamara stated.
For the past 40 years, she recalled, CHAL has been contributing to the nation’s building process as well as empowering individuals throughout the country.
Member organizations and people witnessed the program. They included government and UNDP officials as well as beneficiaries.
Also speaking, Mr. Zinnah Kamah, project coordinator-consultant of Diakonie Kataphronelife, Germany, said the project Diakonie is executing in Liberia is unique because it had never engaged in any health project of this kind.
“Diakonie has been supporting CHAL in three projects with the initial deposit of US$248,000 to kick-off the Ebola response last November. This was increased to US$1.1 million,” he noted.
“We also have a third project which just started, costing around EU950,” he said. “The total grant from Diakonie is about US$2.7m and this is why it is important to have someone who has the expertise to be able to support the organization.”
In remarks, the vice president of CHAL’s Board, Rev. Joseph Guwor, called on the beneficiaries to use the donated materials for their intended purposes.
He lauded executive director Kamara and all the members of CHAL for the level of work in ensuring that CHAL is providing the necessary services to the people of Liberia.
Diakonie is a German Humanitarian Organization based in Berlin. It undertakes various humanitarian responses globally, focusing mainly on disaster risk reduction, according to Mr. Kamah, project coordinator and consultant.