BRAC-Liberia has unveiled a US$2.7 million, three-year health-project with support from the Department for International Development (DFID) with strong collaboration from the Family Planning Division of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoSHW).
The US$2.7 million-three-year health project will be implemented through BRAC-Liberia in collaboration with the Family Health Division of MoHSW.
The project which has been hailed by several key stakeholders in the health sector, is aimed at improving the reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health of 106,000 women and adolescent girls as well as 53,000 under five (5) in 7 counties in the country.
The disclosure was made during a “national advocacy meeting on a community-based approach to improving reproductive health, maternal, neonatal and child health (RMNCH) program for adolescent girls and under five in Liberia” on February 14, in Monrovia.
According to Hon. Tolbert G. Nyenswah, Assistant Minister/Preventive Services-MoHSW, BRAC Liberia has succeeded in reaching out to vunerable communities through community awareness activities, thereby pledging his ministry’s support to work with BRAC-Liberia and other partners which is key to MOH’s health strategy.
Minister Nyenswah lamented that Liberia cannot succeed in reducing maternal mortality with the contraceptive rate which currently stands at 19% and could still increase—something which is critical for young people.
He warned that reproductive health is also tied to the issue of human rights, from which people have the choice to what they want; he pointed out that adolescent youth and child health require care and proper education.
Minister Nyenswah mentioned that the Ministry of Health’s focus is now to move in the direction of community-base care, stressing: “Lots of children at the community level need health and we should give them that health so that they remain healthy and stay alive,” he said.
Dr. Cuallau Jabbeh Howe, Director/Family Health Division-MOH, added that it was befitting to have a partner like BRAC- Liberia who continues to reach out to people at all levels, covering seven (7) counties—something she considered “remarkable”.
“It is all about a coordinated effort to work in the community and built hope in it by what we do,” Dr. Howe.
Mr. Salam highlighted the need to work with other partners and stakeholders, adding. “BRAC is trying to act; but from one program we cannot solve every problem”.
Being an experience health worker who has worked in health related areas for over 23 years, he was quick to point out that behind the maternal mortality there are other challenges which including teenage pregnancy etc.
Meanwhile, several participants drawn from a cross-section of the NGO community and other key stakeholders have expressed thanks and appreciation to BRAC Liberia for successfully concluding the exercise.