The Government of Liberia and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have signed two separate agreements valued at US$3.3 million.
The two projects are geared toward supporting the Government of Liberia’s investment plan to build a resilient health care system in 18 health facilities across 13 counties.
“These interventions will contribute to the government’s efforts to reduce maternal and newborn deaths in Liberia through a strong maternal, newborn, death, surveillance and response, and a more effective delivery of emergency obstetric and newborn care to women and girls,” UNFPA Liberia Country Representative Dr. Oluremi Sogunro said at the signing ceremony in Monrovia.
“In addition to strengthening the delivery of maternal and newborn health services, a component of the project will support the physical improvement of maternities and supply of medical equipment to the targeted counties.
“The physical spaces of the maternities of county referral hospitals with at least one additional health facility will be improved to accommodate client load and ease operational spaces for care providers in a manner that contributes to the improvement of maternal and newborn health delivery,” Dr. Sogunro said.
Finance and Development Planning Minister Boima Kamara said the government welcomed every effort aimed at improving the life of its people and called for strict adherence to the overall objectives of the two projects.
“We hope that the signing of these agreements can bring about tangible results for the people. We would like to see the spending of more than 90 percent of the funds directly on the beneficiaries,” Minister Kamara said.
Minister Kamara noted that although the projects would be implemented through the Ministry of Health, he would like to see the involvement of his Ministry in all aspects of the implementation process.
The two projects are funded by the World Bank, through an additional financing grant to support the government’s effort to building a resilient health system in Liberia.