USAID’s MCSP Skills Laboratory Launched

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Health Minister Dr. Dahn cuts the ribbon to the computer lab, assisted by USAID director Dr. Chan

The official ceremony for the launch of skills laboratory facilities at five midwifery and three medical laboratory pre-service education programs was held yesterday in the courtyard of the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA) in Sinkor, Monrovia.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its implementing partner, Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), Human Resources for Health Project (HRHP), will conduct the program in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH), pre-service institutions and health partners.

Prior to yesterday’s launch, the MCSP/HRH project distributed teaching equipment and supplies to set up skills laboratories for each of its sponsored midwifery and medical laboratory programs.

The medical skills laboratories are centers where nursing students can practice skills in a supported experiential learning environment to development their competencies and confidence in delivering quality healthcare in midwifery and laboratory pre-service education.

Direct beneficiaries are registered midwifery (RM) and/or medical laboratory technicians (MLT) programs; Monrovia-based TNIMA, Winifred J. Harley College of Health Sciences in Ganta, Nimba County; United Methodist University (UMU), and the Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences (MPCHS).  Others are the Esther Bacon School of Nursing and Midwifery in Zorzor, Lofa County; Phebe Paramedical Training Program of Phebe, Bong County, and the Deanna K. Isaacson School of Midwifery formerly the Midwifery Training Program for the Southeastern Region located in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Bernice Dahn and USAID Mission Director, Dr. Anthony Chan, as well as the MCSP, the MOH and other health workforce partners, among them, JFK General Administrator, Dr. Wvannie Scott McDonald, attended the event.

Dr. Chan said the donation is in support of the MoH’s program intended to produce a fit-for-purpose, motivated and highly-skilled health workforce.

“It is hoped that through the provision of additional equipment students will have the opportunity to increase their practical skills  and have greater access to educational materials that will ensure stronger knowledge and the right foundation to excel in their careers and support the health needs in Liberia,” Dr. Chan said.

He said the launch of the program demonstrates USAID’s commitment to helping Liberia meet the objectives of the health workforce program to ensure standardized and improved quality of education in midwifery, nursing and medical laboratory technician skills, which will ultimately contribute to ending preventable child and maternal deaths.

Chan spoke of the U.S. Government’s strong commitment to helping Liberia train and keep qualified healthcare workers, who will play an indispensable role in providing all Liberians access to quality health services.

Dr. Dahn frowned on nurses and healthcare givers, who she said have continuously caused the death of patients at health facilities.

She  warned those healthcare givers in such habit to desist or else the government will forward them to court for prosecution whenever they are suspected of violating the rights of patients or causing deaths of patients at any recognized health facility.

The MCSP is the result of a global USAID cooperative agreement to introduce and support high-impact health interventions in 24 priority countries with the ultimate goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths (EPCMD).

The program focuses on ensuring that all women, newborns and children that are mostly in need have equitable access to quality health care services to save lives.

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