Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia

by Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia!
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Summary

We are working every day to improve the health and welfare of the people of Margibi County, Liberia with an emphasis on preventative healthcare education for women and girls. While focused on community-based preventative care, we also run an acute care clinic from in Kakata taking care of the immediate medical needs of over 200,000 people. Since 2013 the number of clinic patients has grown from 2,500 to over 17,500 and over 155,000 have participated in health education programs, 90% female.
$45,000.00
total goal
$8,111.00
remaining
192
donors
5
monthly donors
3
years active

Challenge

After more than fourteen years of violent conflict in Liberia, peace has been restored, a democratically elected government is in place, and Liberians are moving forward to restore their country. The civil war claimed over 300,000 lives, displacing over 80% of the population and destroying all power, water, school, and hospital facilities. This was followed by the ebola crisis in 2015. Over 80% of the women and girls we see are illiterate, which is why health education sessions are so critical

Solution

Dr. Hena , a Liberian born missionary, developed the framework for a Liberian women's initiative while living and working as a doctor in Kazakhstan. She returned to Liberia in 2012, establishing the Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia Program. In January at the height of the ebola crisis, as the government healthcare system failed, we made the critical decision to accelerate the construction of a new medical center. Dedicated last fall, this new purpose-built facility is fully self-sufficient.

Long-Term Impact

Kakata is centrally located at a crossroads with people travelling to and from the capital, Monrovia. It is a place of commerce, the primary distribution point between farmers and the capital. During the ebola crisis the population grew by 30%, farmers moving to the interior and people fleeing the city. Our new primary care center offers medical and dental services, as well as pharmacy, lab and imaging services. As the government decentralizes, we're ready to offer high quality healthcare.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.healthywomenliberia.org
Healthy Women, Healthy LIberia
Called to Action: A Women's Health Initiative

Organization Information

Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia!

Location: Colorado Springs, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.healthywomenliberia.org
Project Leader:
Nanci Cole
Colorado Springs, CO United States
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$36,889 raised of $45,000 goal
 
469 donations
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