Thirty six members of the Liberia Immunization Platform (LIP) have completed a two-day seminar in Monrovia.
The seminar was conducted by two Ghanaian civil society experts, who made presentations on issues concerning finance, partnership and social mobilization.
The exercise was aimed at expanding the capacity of LIP in its immunization coverage in Liberia.
Bright A. Nyarko, who is also vice president of the Ghana Coalition of Civil Society Organizations in Health, said LIP members need such training to partner with the government to enhance immunization coverage for children in Liberia.
He explained further that the seminar was intended to sharpen the professional skills of LIP members in finding reliable sources of funding from partners and the Liberian Government.
“This seminar was intended to strengthen the skills of the LIP’s members in order to expand their immunization coverage in all the 15 counties,” Mr. Nyarko asserted.
He urged the government to prioritize support to LIP to enhance the immunization of children against all principal childhood diseases.
Mr. Nyarko stressed that such collaborative and partnership venture would enable civil society actors and government to make significant impact in most of the immunization programs for young people.
Mr. Nyarko underscored the need for the participants to take advantage of the capacity-building and expand the coverage of immunization in the country.
For her part, the Secretary General of LIP, Suenah Sambolah Flomo, said the strength of the Liberian civil society group is in the social mobilization area as the entity has been able to organize 36 local civil society organizations in the country.
“We collaborate with the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI),” Mrs. Flomo said.
She explained that LIP faces challenges in resource mobilization necessary for LIP’s expanded immunization coverage in the country’s rural parts.
Mrs. Flomo said LIP’s major support partner is the Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunization (GAVI), based in Geneva, Switzerland, through the Catholic Relief Service (CRS), who also funded the just ended training.