Although peace has been established in Liberia for over 7 years, the
maternal mortality rate has almost doubled.
Liberia has one of the world’s highest maternal mortality rates. Merlin has been
in Liberia since 1997. During the civil war, it provided essential medical aid and
now, it is providing vital care to mothers and children to address the maternal
mortality crisis in the country. Your support can enable women and children to
have access to life saving maternal health care.
In Liberia, four women die every day as a result of pregnancy-related causes,
while 15 infants die at childbirth.
Liberia has only recently emerged from one of the bloodiest civil wars in modern
history. Some 250,000 died in the conflict and hundreds of thousands were
displaced from their homes. Liberia’s mothers and children suffered the most.
The maternal mortality rate there is among the highest in the world and the death
rate for under-5s is 14 per cent.
Merlin reaches over 1 million people through hospitals and clinics.
The best way to address maternal mortality is to provide access to good health
care and trained community midwives to mothers and children. Since 1997,
Merlin has been supporting hospitals, birthing centers, and midwife training
facilities in Liberia.
In Liberia, it is through access to health care and trained midwives in each
community that enable women to have safe births and children to have healthy
lives. Merlin’s contribution to community health care, education and training is
vital to Liberia’s long term, sustainable recovery.