Africare, Michigan University Join Efforts
-Buttress Gov’t’s Maternal Health Agenda
By Anthony Selmah
President George Manneh’s agenda on maternal health has generated significant boost from two international partners, including Africare and the University of Michigan.
In their determination to buttress the regime’s health program, Africare and the University of Michigan in collaboration with the Ministry of Health Friday, September 7, 2018 conducted and facilitateda stakeholders meeting.The meeting, according to organizers focused on strengthening the evidence of maternal waiting homes; an assessment of 100 plus homes in Liberia.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. James Barclay, Africare-Liberia’s Medical Director assured the participants about the readiness of Africare to work with government to fight maternal deaths in the country.
Dr. Barclay indicated that fighting maternal deaths in Liberia needed the support of all stakeholders, including Liberian health practitioners and international partners.
For her part, acting Health Minister, Norwu Howard lauded Africare-Liberia and the Michigan University for such initiative; she assured them of government’s commitment in working with all partners to join efforts to address issues affecting maternal health in the country.
Min. Howard declared that the government under the leadership of Pres. Weah was doing everything possible to help fight the alarming situation that characterizes Liberia’s maternal health.
According to her, the Weah administration was deeply concerned about addressing those issues that are undermining maternal health in Liberia; she noted that the government appreciate the efforts of the two groups.
In addition to acting Health Minister’s comments, the Research Coordinator at the Ministry Health, Luke Bawo said, there was a need to build the capacity health officers who are at the frontline. Bawo noted that capacity building and helping to fight maternal deaths were critical in Liberia.
He told the gathering that fighting maternal deaths needed collective efforts, adding that it not was the responsibility of government and partners only but requires the efforts of all Liberians, including health practitioners.
He cautioned pregnant women to be careful with the kinds of food they eat, adding that fighting maternal deaths needed reliable education across the country.