As the Government of Liberia and partners intensify efforts to encourage facility delivery by pregnant women, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund has called for hospitals to remain clean and comfortable.
“We cannot advocate for facility delivery when health centers remain in shambles and unattractive,” says UNFPA Liberia Resident Representative Ms. Ratidzai Ndhlovu. “When a woman walks into a clinic or hospital to deliver, she must see the facility as the best place for her delivery. We don’t want pregnant women to hesitate to come to the institution because it is so uncomfortable”
“UNFPA is committed to remain a trusted partner to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare,” Ms. Ndhlovu said during an appreciation program on Tuesday 14 January, by the administration of the James N. Davies Memorial Hospital for UNFPA’s contribution to the face-lifting process of the hospital. The James N. Davies Hospital is located in Paynesville, a suburb of Monrovia and is a maternal and child health hospital that serves a population of about 250,000 people.
She said because maternal health is at the core of UNFPA’s mission, the fund will continue to support activities of the Ministry of Health to prevent maternal death by providing technical assistance for family planning, strengthening and upgrading of health facilities and referral mechanisms, improving midwife training curricula. It will also continue supporting human resources management; mobilizing communities and promoting women’s rights. “UNFPA is committed to all efforts that promote the reproductive health and rights of women and girls; ensuring that no woman dies giving life.”
In Liberia four women die every day due to pregnancy related complications. In appreciation of UNFPA’s gesture, the Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Health Ministry Dr. Bernice Dahn pleaded for direct UNFPA support to the James N. Davies hospital. “This hospital attends mostly to pregnant women and their newborns, and children and it is one of the hospitals with very high newborn deaths,” she said.
In March 2011, the Government of Liberia and partners launched the roadmap for accelerated reduction of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in the country. The roadmap guides the delivery of basic, essential and quality reproductive health care services to the people including institutional delivery.