BRAC-Liberia has unveiled a US$2.7 million, three-year health-project with support from the British 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 and 53,000 under five (5) children in 7 counties of Liberia.
The disclosure was made recently in Monrovia, during a “national advocacy meeting on a community-based approach to improving reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health (RMNCH) programs for adolescent girls and under five in Liberia.”
According to Tolbert G. Nyenswah, Assistant Minister/Preventive Services-MoHSW, BRAC-Liberia has succeeded in reaching out to vulnerable communities through community awareness activities.
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 proper adolescent, youth and child health care require proper education.
Minister Nyenswah mentioned that the Ministry of Health’s current focus is to move in the direction of community-based care, stressing: “Lots of children at the community level need health care and we should give it to them so that they remain healthy and stay alive.”
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 to be “remarkable”.
“It is all about a coordinated effort to work in the community and build 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 experienced health worker who has worked in health related areas for over 23 years, he was quick to mention that besides the maternal mortality rate there are other reproductive health challenges like teenage pregnancy.
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.