First Lady Speaks Against Maternal Mortality

First Lady, Ambassador Clar M. Weah

The Pro-Poor Agenda of the Liberian Government cannot succeed if women who are the backbone of the society lose their lives while giving birth, First Lady Clar Weah has said.
She labeled as her priority the health of pregnant women and their neonates and assured her support to initiatives geared towards ensuring zero birth-related deaths in the country.
“It is important to note that Liberia does not take lightly the need to improve the health care
System,” the First Lady said in a statement delivered on her behalf by her Chief of Staff at the launch of UNFPA’s “Rebuilding Maternal Health in Post-Ebola Liberia” Tuesday in Monrovia.“The Government, through the Ministry of Health, is committed to this cause,” she emphasized.
Madam Weah encouraged midwives to remain focused, vigilant and hardworking, saying: “Liberia and the world depend on you to reduce maternal and newborn deaths to zero; yes we can do it!”
Meanwhile, Mrs Weah has stressed the need for health stakeholders to carry out a concerted community-based awareness for women and adolescent girls about the benefit of seeking medical care at health facilities.
The First Lady also called for sensitization on the importance of contraceptives (family-planning commodities) as it helps ensure unwanted pregnancies.
In recognition of their effort to boost Liberia’s struggling health system, the First Lady commended the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and partners for supplying, training and mentoring midwives, supplying drugs and equipment to hospitals, as well as constructing maternal waiting homes at strategic health centers, mainly in the northern and western counties.
Women nearing their delivery time leave distant villages beforehand for the maternal homes under the watch of approved midwives to avoid complications during labor.
The waiting homes are usually built in clinic yards, thereby easing the challenges posed to patients who walk for several hours from surrounding villages to seek treatment.
It can be recalled that Madam Weah was in lower Montserrado County last weekend to inaugurate a maternal waiting home built by UNFPA.
At the same time, Mrs Weah has disclosed a plan to from time-to-time award the most dedicated midwife in Liberia with a prize to motivate others to settle for nothing but their very best in the discharge of their duties.
According to statistics provided by UN Women-Liberia, four out of 10 women give birth at home, thus increasing the death rate at birth in the country.
The statistics says 31 per cent of pregnancies end up in birth complications and maternal mortality currently in Liberia.
On the overall, Liberia records 1,072 deaths per 100 000 live births, a mortality figure health stakeholders would like to see reduced.

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