An international non-governmental organization (NGO), BRAC-Liberia, has received 2.7 million United States dollars from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for the implementation of health services around Liberia.
The country Director of BRAC Liberia, Mr. Mohammed Adams Salam, said this was a new activity that will affect more than 539,000 people. It will create awareness related to improving health, while increasing knowledge of maternal mortality, and child health, through local health forums, meetings, and programs.
He explained that since 2008, improvements in the delivery of health services in seven counties have positively affected many young people. An impressive reduction in maternal mortality, has been made as a result of BRAC’s intervention, we were told.
He said that the US$2.7 million allotted by the Ministry of health and Social Welfare to improve health services in the country, will be used for the intended purposes.
We have been working with many communities in ensuring that those areas received the education required about health.
Also speaking at the launch of the National Advocacy campaign, program manager Lugemwa E. Patrick, said the organization (BRAC) would use a community-based approach to addressing maternal and child health care in 15 targeted counties in Liberia, with 106,000 women and adolescent girls as its main beneficiaries.
According to Patrick, the organization has targeted Lofa, Margibi, Nimba, Grand Bassa, Montserrado, Bong and Grand Cape Mount, within three years with the aim of improving basic health care services in those places.
The manager also assured the public that 55,000 pregnant women within the targeted areas will received the right information before child-birth. He added that women and girls will be empowered to make choices about pregnancy and made knowledgeable about family planning.
He explained that BRAC has targeted 200,000 house members around the country through community awareness activities who stand to benefit directly and indirectly.
Speaking on behalf of MOH&SW, Tolbert G. Nyenswah, Assistance Minister for Preventive Services, commended BRAC for their role over the years in improving health services around Liberia.
Minister Nyenswah said that aspects of reproductive health as outlined by BRAC/Liberia and other health services are keys issues for citizens.
He explained that young people must receive the necessary education about reproductive cases, newborn, and child health-care, that allow many young people to make informed decisions for their families and the future of Liberia.