BRAC Liberia began its community health programme in 2008. Our health programme focuses on the prevention and control of malaria, tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS, reproductive and maternal health of women and adolescents, the reduction of infant and under-five mortality, and increasing accessibility to health services by taking healthcare to the doorsteps of the people in the communities.
BRAC identifies and trains potential women from the communities to become community health promoters (CHP) and employs women as programme assistants to supervise them. Our CHPs reach out to community members in both accessible and inaccessible areas. BRAC Liberia has continued to address the lack of access to primary healthcare services across seven counties. These promoters conduct daily household visits and are the central point of contact for health concerns in their communities. CHPs earn a small income from selling healthcare products such as oral rehydration solution, sanitary napkins, hygienic soap, water purification tablets, insecticide-treated mosquito nets and some over-the-counter drugs, such as paracetamol, antihistamines and antacids.