A modern health facility valued at over US$60,000 has been officially opened to the public in the Pipeline Community in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
The facility, which is an initiative of Liberia branch of the Foundation for Women, an international non-governmental organization (NGO), according to the organizers, will help buttress government’s Pro-poor Agenda to provide quality healthcare delivery system.
The initiative is also a joint effort of the authority of the Benson Hospital and administration of the Henry Reeves School, also in Paynesville.
As part of the foundation’s effort to improve the country’s healthcare delivery system, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Women, Deborah Lindholm, said that their desire is to empower Liberians.
The foundation’s activities include lending financial support to vulnerable women’s organizations and community-based clinics.
She celebrated the opening of the first ever community health clinic in the Paynesville community located in one of the partners’ schools.
Dr. Jimmy Benson, proprietor of the Benson Hospital, expressed gratitude to the FFW leadership.
Dr. Benson recalled the numerous contributions the FFW has made over the years to the people of Liberia, which he said cannot be over-emphasized.
He then commended the FFW for collaborating with the hospital and other institutions to improve the country’s health delivery system.
Dr. Henry Reeves, owner of the Henry Reeves Memorial School, lauded the FFW and the Benson Hospital Administration for establishing the community clinic.
Dr. Reeves used the occasion to call on residents to take care of the facility, noting: “We all have a role to play in maintaining the facility; so let us use it with ultimate care.”
Over the years, the FFW has provided microfinance and business support to individual women in 14 of the 15 counties as part of its empowerment of 35,000 women in businesses. It has also given financial support to independent (private) schools for the last five years.
In 2018, the organization began offering business and microfinance support to community health clinics, which currently helps residents of Paynesville and catchment communities.
The FFW is a 501(c)3 non-profit in the United States and a registered non-governmental organization in Liberia, working to end poverty through microcredit programs.
The Foundation has further created and implemented microfinance programs in India, Zambia, Niger, Liberia and San Diego in the U.S.
Since 1997, the FFW has positively impacted more than a million women and their families, impacting over 20 million people by funding microfinance projects.
At present, the FFW has created a “Network of Excellence” for community health clinics in the country, after funding and offering business support to 20 community clinics since July 2018, with many more in the pipeline to receive support.
Meanwhile, Dr. Angela Benson, wife of Dr. Benson, has lauded the kind gesture of the FFW, recalling the strong relationship it has built over the years with the hospital.
Therefore, she described the opening of the clinic in Pipeline as “essential and timely,” because it is the first of its kind in history that a local NGO in collaboration with the Benson Hospital has opened a community clinic in the community.