Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Liberia

COUNTRY BACKGROUND:

Total population (2012):
4,190,000

Probability of dying under five years, per 1,000 live births (2012): 75

Maternal Mortality Ratio, per 100,000 live births (2011): 770

OVERVIEW:

The Liberia Red Cross, supported by the Canadian Red Cross and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, is implementing a project for improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) in Bomi, Gbarpolu and Grand Gedeh.
 

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Activities

The Liberia Red Cross is working with communities and relevant ministries to:

  • Roll out the newly expanded integrated Community Case Management approach using general Community Health Volunteers and Trained Traditional Midwives as part of its primary-level health intervention strategy.
  • Train Community Health Workers to assess, treat and refer children, ensuring key village-level health services.
  • Provide general Community Health Volunteers with pharmaceutical kits to increase village-level access to life-saving medications.
  • Build linkages between communities and facilities through Community Health Committees.
  • Train Ministry of Health (MoH) staff, Red Cross Community Health Volunteers and their supervisors, as well as Liberia Red Cross facilitators in: integrated Community Case Management protocols, minimum intervention packages (appropriate to their intervention level), critical-case signs for malaria, diarrhoea and acute respiratory infection, and maternal and neonatal care.
  • Train Community Health Workers to conduct behaviour-change communication and health education, promoting MNCH messages on malaria, diarrhoea, pneumonia, neonatal and maternal care.
  • Train Red Cross volunteers in Community Based Health and First Aid (CBHFA).
  • Establish/reinforce community structures to ensure accountability and sustainability.

Expected Results

Through the implementation of the project, it is expected that:

  • Barriers to accessing health services are reduced.
  • Capacity of health providers is strengthened to supervise general Community Health Volunteers and provide integrated Community Case Management services.
  • Robust referral mechanism established between communities and nearest health facilities.
  • Reduction in maternal, newborn and under-five mortality and morbidity is sustained.
  • Quality of MoH MNCH services is improved.
  • Community-level use of MNCH services and preventative practices is increased.
  • Liberia Red Cross role in supporting the MoH to deliver community-level MNCH services is improved.
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