Saving Mothers' Lives in Sierra Leone and Liberia

by BRAC USA
Saving Mothers' Lives in Sierra Leone and Liberia
Saving Mothers' Lives in Sierra Leone and Liberia
Saving Mothers' Lives in Sierra Leone and Liberia
Saving Mothers' Lives in Sierra Leone and Liberia

Project Report | May 5, 2014
The difference Community Health Promoters make

By Emma Jehle | Communications Intern

BRAC learned in Bangladesh that it could acheive big strides in healthcare by making basic preventive and curative services available at the community level. Enter the Community Health Promoter (CHP), both a healer and an entrepreneur. BRAC trains women from the community to bring low-cost health care to her neighbor's doorsteps. She earns a living and is able to support her own family while providing life-saving services to her community. The CHP and other community-based health workers are the foundation of our health programs in Liberia and Sierra Leone. 

In Liberia, the health program now reaches more than 539,927 people in seven counties with basic preventive care. By the end of February 2014, 584 CHPs and 300 Traditional Birth Attendants have undergone training for The Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health project. They provide family planning services as well as ante- and post-natal care. By February 2014, a total of 53,346 cycles of oral contraceptives and 5,607 female condoms have been distributed in the communities. By February 2014, 19,244 pregnant women received antenatal services in 105 communities.

Though a bit smaller in scale, the health program in Sierra Leone is seeing similar gains. By February 2014, a total of 701 CHPs have been trained. They have conducted a total of 3,979 village health meetings, provided ante-natal care to 4,127 women and post-natal care to 3,850.

We'll keep you updated as we receive reports from the field. Thank you for supporting this important work!

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BRAC USA

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Melyssa Muro
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New York , NY United States

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