We are working every day to improve the health and welfare of the people of Margibi County, Liberia with an emphasis on preventative healthcare for women and their children. It's rainy season now and our car just can't make the trip from our headquarters in Kakata to the 33 villages where we work. The roads have become rivers of mud. This project provides the funds that allow us to ship a new 4X4 truck to Liberia so we can continue to meet the enormous need for health education and care.
Dr. Hena , a Liberian born missionary, developed the framework for a Liberian health initiative while living and working as a doctor in Kazakhstan. She returned to Liberia last June and opened a community-based acute care clinic where she treats immediate health needs. Malaria and diarrhea continue to be the major causes of death with skin problems, anemia, worms, respiratory illnesses, fevers and STDs very common. Her car can't navigate the mud during the rainy season.
We are working with groups in the US to purchase a truck capable of navigating the muddy Liberian roads during rainy season, but we need to raise the funds for shipping the vehicle from the US. We shipped a 15 passenger van last year so we have a clear idea of the process and the cost. The new 4X4 truck should be ready to ship by the end of August.
During rainy season the roads wash out or become rivers of mud isolating some villages. To solve the problem we are training community health workers who live in the villages with the most people at risk. However, there are still medical needs that require the doctor to visit. In addition there is need to deliver medications and supplies. For these times we need a vehicle that is capable of navigating the mud.