Liberians do not have sufficient access to medical care because they cannot afford it. Most Liberians live on less than $2 USD per day, and many live on about $1. Transportation to and from health care sites, in addition to registration and treatment fees, are all overwhelming expenses, and many people die from treatable illnesses. Offering free, community-based treatment, is critical to improving Liberian health.
NFA offers free, community-based treatment through several initiatives designed and implemented by local nurses. These nurses are members of the communities in which they are working and are attuned to the communities' most critical needs. These initiatives offer: family planning counseling and medication, hypertension and diabetes treatment, HIV prevention counseling and supplies, and mental health treatment.
These initiatives will help Liberians live longer by providing them with healthcare they need. Noncommunicable disease like hypertension, and inadequate care during childbirth are two major threats to Liberian health. These initiatives serve over 500 people throughout Liberia, all of whom would not be able to afford these services otherwise. As NFA obtains more funding, it will develop and launch more nurse-led public health initiatives, expanding access to care even further.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).