The Rapid Response Mechanism Project aimed at strengthening community involvement in sexual reproductive health services known as family planning (FP2020) has been officially launched in Monrovia.
According to a press release, Dr. Joseph L. Kerkula, director of Family Health Division at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, who served as the chief launcher, underscored the need for a comprehensive approach in addressing the infant and maternal issues in Liberia
The release, signed by Planned Parenthood Association of Liberia’s (PPAL) Executive Director Miatta Kiawu-Cojolo, stressed the need for the availability of resources and human capacity building to tackle pre-natal problems in the country.
The release quoted Dr. Kerkula as saying that although there are challenges, the government and its partners should exert efforts in addressing the maternal mortality rate in Liberia.
There is the need to identify key factors to the high cause of maternal and infant deaths in the country, Dr. Kerkula said.
Meanwhile, Executive Director Kiawu-Cojolo was quoted as saying that the maternal mortality rate has remained high from 2007 up to 2010 reaching 994 to 1,072 deaths per 100,000 live births. She also revealed that 1.9% of the population has been diagnosed with HIV/Aids.
The release quoted her as saying that the increase in reproductive health and rights services across the country is PPAL’s strategic plan for 2016-2019 to have leverage on restricted projects and to attain maximum coverage on sexual and reproductive health services.