Respectful and safe reproductive and maternal health care (RMNCH) should be a woman's right. But Liberia has the 8th highest maternal mortality rate in the world. Only 56% of women deliver at health facilities due to limited access, poor quality of care and distrust of the system, and 32% of Liberian women have an unmet need for modern contraception. Risk factors that exacerbate poor pregnancy outcomes are often unaddressed.
The program employs a holistic approach of partnering with county health authorities, upgrading health facilities, strengthening the supply chain, improving family planning and adolescent health services and equipping midwives and obstetric nurses with the knowledge they need to do their job - including teaching them about compassionate care. We then increase access to these services through community-level education and engagement.
Long term, this project will help more than 10,000 women and girls of reproductive age (ages 15-49) access quality healthcare at 10 target facilities and in the surrounding area in Grand Bassa County. A total of 50 facility-based health workers and 150 community health workers will be trained in RMNCH. At 3 sites, Americares will support direct clinical service provision. In total, we estimate that 100,000 men, women and children will indirectly benefit from the improved access to healthcare.