Liberia has an infant mortality rate of 61 per 1,000 live births (2010-2015) according to the UN. The 2013 Liberia Demographic and Health Survey placed maternal mortality rate at 1,072 deaths per 100,000 live births. These challenges can be minimised by increasing the access of affordable healthcare services to people in poverty, especially in rural, hard-to-reach areas.
We started our health programme in Liberia to focus on the prevention and control of malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, reproductive and maternal health of women and adolescents, as well as reducing infant and under-five mortality. We are increasing accessibility to health services by taking healthcare to the doorsteps of the people in the communities.
We identify and train women from the communities to become community health promoters. The health promoters reach out to community members in both accessible and inaccessible areas. They conduct daily household visits and are the central point of contact for health concerns in their communities. They 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.
|Health||Strengthening TB/HIV Collaboration to Reduce Mortality and Morbidity||The Global Fund||May 2017||7 months|
|Strengthen provision of community awareness and mobilization on maternal and neonatal health, and family planning services; for reduction in Maternal and Neonatal death||UNFPA||June 2017||6 months|
- Increase knowledge and understanding within communities on SRH issues and Maternal Health services, Family Planning methods, and other RH available services for utilization.
- Increase knowledge to 218 teachers (male /female), 1974 students (boys/girls) on reproductive maternal health and family planning issues.
- Community Health Promoters and other community engagements activities took awareness to communities, availing referral services, through household visits (door-to-door services (154,341 house hold)).
- Conducted pregnant mothers meeting, youth forum, and CHDC meetings, at community level and also conducted Male network meetings, at county level.
- Carried out reproductive health, maternal and family planning awareness at 39 School health sessions, conducted by trained teachers and program assistance at school the level.