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Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia

by Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia!
Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia
Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia
Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia
Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia
Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia
Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia
Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia
Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia
Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia
Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia
Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia
Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia
Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia
Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia
Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia
Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia
Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia
Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia
Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia
Restoring Healthcare to Women and Girls in Liberia
Clinic Staff with gear to protect from COVID-19
Clinic Staff with gear to protect from COVID-19

Liberia has confirmed COVID-19 within its borders. On May 22, 2020, the President of Liberia announced a two-week extension of restrictions intended to halt the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The State of Emergency (SOE) includes travel restrictions for all Liberian counties.

Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia's Waterfield Primary Healthcare Center in Margibi County is open for business after a brief government shutdown due to the coronavirus. All patients are being screened prior to admission to the clinic and our Community Health Workers are educating residents in the 37 villages we serve regarding steps to prevent spread of the virus. We're also actively involved in making and distributing masks.

Personal Protection Equipment acquired during the Ebola crisis is being put to good use to protect our clinic staff from virus spread (see photo).

Mask Distribution
Mask Distribution
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HWHL Board Members at Annual Meeting
HWHL Board Members at Annual Meeting

Looking to the Future!

On October 26, 2019, Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia (HWHL) Board met for its annual meeting at First United Methodist Church in Richardson, Texas.  The annual meeting is an exciting time for HWHL, where the board meets face-to-face once a year, reviews ministry progress year-to-date, and most importantly, looks to the future. 

Looking to the future, a 5-year plan was unveiled at the annual meeting this year, which includes maternity and surgical buildings, a dental suite and Ultrasound unit to continue to provide the highest quality medical care to the people of Kakata, Margibi county, Liberia. 

This is an exciting time for HWHL as we look to the future.  January to September we have seen 4, 705 cases at the clinic.  We’ve also visited 36 – 37 communities, treated 1000 cases of anemia, provided prenatal vitamins to 8,265 pregnant women, supplied deworming medicines to 22,621 and provided Vitamin A to 3,302 patients.

As we look to the future, we anticipate our services will only grow in value to the people of Liberia with the implementation of our 5-year plan.

We have so much to be thankful for at HWHL!  We are especially thankful for you and your continued financial support and prayers as we continue to focus on our mission of serving all the people of Liberia.

HWHL Midwife
HWHL Midwife
HWHL Missionary Guest
HWHL Missionary Guest
HWHL Most Important Patients
HWHL Most Important Patients

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Four Thankful Imams!

Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia (HWHL) is a Christian medical ministry, called to care for all of God’s people living in Kakata, Margibi county, Liberia. In March, Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia (HWHL) and Hands of Hope teamed for their annual March Outreach, hat served over 600 people from the Kakata and Weala areas,including four Imams from one of the local mosques. The team of 33 included doctors, surgeons, nurses, physician’s assistants, physical therapists, lab technicians, and more. With their immense help and resources, we were able to provide free treatment, lab work, and drugs to nearly 500 patients; perform over 60 general surgeries for hernias, hydroceles, and other issues; and perform over 80 eye surgeries, including cataract removal., including four Imams from one of the local mosques.

This heartwarming video (link provided) features four imams four Imams returned to the HWHL Waterfield Clinic in Kakata to thank Dr. Chris Hena, our Medical Director, for medical care they had received during the Outreach. The four Imams were treated for various conditions, including growth on the neck, lip, cataract and hernia. The treatment received by all four Imams eliminated the embarrassment associated with their conditions, enabling them to live normal lives and pursue their jobs.

Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia mission is to continue to serve all the people of Kakata, living in 33 communities regardless of ethnicity (tribe) and religion.

Training of Community Healthcare Workers!

As we continue our mission of serving all the people of  Kakata and it's surroundings, we cannot do it without developing our Community Healthcare Workers (CHWs). These CHWs reach out into the 33 communities to assess various health conditions and provide basic health education to those living there.  Therefore, ongoing training of these CHWs is critical to make sure we continue to provide quality care to all the people of Kakata.

We have so much to be thankful for at HWHL!  We are especially thankful for you and your continued financial support and prayers as we continue to focus on our mission of serving all the people of Kakata, Margibi county, Liberia.

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HWHL is pleased to share with you all the things we are thankful for this spring:

Medical-Surgical Outreach – March 2019

In March, Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia (HWHL) joined forces with Hands of Hope Foundation from Illinois (http://www.hohfoundation.org/) and Pro Health International from Nigeria (https://www.facebook.com/prohealthinternational/) to conduct a one-week medical-surgical outreach that served over 600 people from the Kakata and Weala areas. (See pictures of the outreach in the carousel of pictures on this page.)

The team of 33 volunteers included doctors, surgeons, nurses, physician’s assistants, physical therapists, lab technicians, and more. With their immense help and resources, we were able to provide free treatment, lab work and drugs to nearly 500 patients; perform over 60 general surgeries for hernias, hydroceles, and address other issues, and perform over 80 eye surgeries, including cataract removal.

HWHLand our team in Kakata are so thankful for passionate and hard-working partners like Hands of Hope and Pro Health International! The outreach was a wonderful opportunity not only for the patients, but also for HWHL staff in Kakata to work alongside and learn from talented medical professionals.

We have so much to be thankful for at HWHL!  As always, we thank you for your continued financial support and prayers as we continue to focus on our mission to promote the health of the people and educate patients through Comprehensive, Sustainable, Community-Based Primary Healthcare.

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HWHL is pleased to share with you all some of the things we were thankful for in 2018:

HWHL  provides direct health care to patients in 36 villages it serves in Margibi County, Liberia. Designated staff members at our clinic provide pre- and post-natal care, vaccinations and cold chain management, out patient management, laboratory and pharmacy services. The staff also provides Health Education on a variety of topics:

• Disease prevention, basic hygiene and hand washing instruction

• How to build dish racks to keep dishes out of the dirt.

• Nutrition classes and food preparation instruction

• Signs and symptoms of typhoid and malaria and treatment

• How to prevent diarrhea and subsequent treatment

• How to prevent worms and subsequent treatment

• Family planning and birth control instruction

• Mother to Mother classes

• Diabetes, heart disease, and prenatal education and treatment

2018 at a Glance:

Dr. Chris participated in a medical services outreach to Weala, Liberia where she partnered with Hands of Hope and the Weala UMC clinic.

• Dr. Chris reported that she was working with Vitamin Angels in the US and Kenya. Two pallets of prenatal vitamins and vitamin E were received. Distribution of the vitamin E was done; in total, there were 17 boxes.

Lab equipment from the Project C.U.R.E. was received thanks to efforts of Dr. Duane Spaulding, who also served as a founding member of HWHL for seven (7) years.

• The clinic now has a vaccinator. This service is free for the patients.

• Doug Nelson traveled to Liberia to work on the clinic solar system and generator.

• Monika Sannoh, COT, visited Liberia HWHL facilities in May 2018. She and two local health workers visited Cooper Farm School System and did eye screening of students from K-1 to 7th grades. Testing was also done on all of the teachers.

• In celebration of Independence Day on July 26, the clinic hosted a huge outreach. Tickets were sold for the event, as well as popcorn, donuts and candy. The event raised a total of $27,905 LD ($186 USD). The celebration was enjoyed by 500 children. Asbury United Methodist Church, Allentown, PA donated flip flops for the Festival.

• Two Barrels of Love shipments were donated to HWHL by Asbury United Methodist Church. Among the many items were clothing, personal items, cookware, utensils, china, furniture, electrical and plumbing parts, auto parts for the HWHL truck, multiple medical equipment and supplies, an oxygen concentrator, wheel chairs, walkers, commodes light fixtures, medical books, and many other items for the Center.

Some Special Projects:

Canteen: The canteen was established using a Grant from Christ UMC in Tennessee in the amount of $5,000. The canteen has a small kitchen and is attached to the clinic. Dick McCreight, Board member, helped with supplying the appliances and tableware.

Telemedicine Department: A partnership with the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, has been established to provide consultation opportunities with US doctors when a patient is diagnosed or requires a more specialized procedure.

Pharmacy: Drugs are obtained from Monrovia at wholesale prices and the Eye Care Department is run by Monica and Caleb.

Ultrasound: Dr. Hena reported that an ultrasound technician is needed to work at the clinic. Approximately 10 ultrasounds are done per week.

We have so much to be thankful for at HWHL!  As always, we thank you for your continued financial support and prayers as we continue to focus on our mission of HWHL to promote the health of the people and educate patients through Comprehensive, Sustainable, Community-Based Primary Healthcare.

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Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia!

Location: Colorado Springs, CO - USA
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