During several electrifying performances over the last three weekends, several popular Liberian musicians collaborated with Goodwill Ambassador Miatta Fahnbulleh to spread an important message to youth of the nation.
In partnership with USAID, UNFPA and WHO, the Ministry of Health has embarked upon a nation-wide campaign to promote safe practises in a bid to stem the tide of maternal and newborn mortality affecting teenagers in the society,
Miatta Fahnbulleh, who represents the Ministry of Health as Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal Mortality Reductiion and Child Health, decided to invite her artistic counterparts to join her on this particular campaign, which got off to a great start in Margibi County on Saturday, September 19th. The musicians have already made stops at schools in Harbel and Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
Popular musicians Soul Fresh, composed of Shining Man and JB, opened the campaign, dubbed Mortality Reduction Through Music, to a fantastic reception at the Lango Lapaaye High School in Kakata, highlighting the dangers that teenage pregnancy poses to youth of the current generation. The musicians handed out condoms to the large crowd gathered to hear the message and watch the performance.
In her presentation, Goodwill Ambassador Fahnbulleh said, “It hurts that our children are dying while giving birth. Everyday four women, mainly girls between the ages of 15 and 19, die in childbirth. That is why we are urging sexually active students and young people to seek out family planning education and to use condoms to avoid unwanted pregnancy and to prevent sexually transmitted diseases”.
This national campaign, spearheaded by Aunty Miatta, who is herself one of Liberia’s most renowned musical artist, embraces the talents of several musicians, including Eric Geso (aka Hard Head Boy) along with Joseph Dean, Marvelous and Kzee (the
‘Spoil Your Love’ team). The campaign will also be going to Sara Barclay in Virginia, Gabriel Kpolleh High in New Georgia, and E.J.Goodridge in Bardnersville.
STORY & PHOTOS BY OMANZA SHAW