UNFPA, MOH, Brainstorm on Improving Reproductive Health Services

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The United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH), has begun a three-day Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop aimed at restoring Sexual and reproductive health and maternal services to women and girls in Liberia.

The objective of the regional TOT training was to orientate program managers and service providers on ERH kits, refresh service providers on maternal and newborn lifesaving interventions and make the linkage to ERH kits. The training was also intended to prepare participants to monitor and supervise rational use of the reproductive health kits.

During the opening of the workshop, held at the head office of Planned Parenthood Association of Liberia (PPAL), UNFPA Representative Dr. Oluremi Sogunro, urged the participants from five counties to ensure that there are more gains made in sexual reproductive health (SRH) before the end of 2015.

“We have to work very hard, but our best is not enough.  We need to make sure that there is no problem in the maternal reproductive health system in our country,” stated Dr. Sogunro.

He recounted that in 2007 UNFPA along with the MOH,  provided reproductive health kits to health centers for the  improvement  of maternal and new born care services, adding that much progress was made up to 2014 but due to the Ebola outbreak the gains have been reduced by 50% in the sexual reproductive health system.”

Dr. Sogunro said his expectation following the workshop is to see great improvement from the SRH for women and girls on course to save the lives of women in the country.

He thanked President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for bringing in what he called ‘super power’ partners to provide adequate support to SHR and maternal services.

The UNFPA Boss disclosed that as part of the initiative to restore maternal health services to pregnant women during the EVD outbreak and to encourage deliveries by skilled providers, UNFPA Liberia has procured emergency reproductive health kits for use by health facilities in performing lifesaving interventions.

UNFPA is working towards   providing a region-wide platform that will help to bring back maternal health services in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

“We need to bring back our retired midwives to join in the process by making sure that every mother that is giving birth stays alive,” declared Dr. Sogunro.

He asserted that by the end of 2016 the UNFPA and the Ministry of Health will show better results in maternal mortality and sexual reproductive health in the country.

The Director of the Family Health Division at the MOH, Dr. Cuallah Jabbeh, joined her UNFPA colleague in lamenting the loss in progress made as a result of the Ebola outbreak.

She called on healthcare workers to provide more services and improve on the work that has been done.”

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