Why We Work in Liberia
Over the last decade, Liberia has struggled to increase its poor maternal health outcomes – maternal mortality is high, skilled attendance at birth is low, and early childbearing remains common. The 2014 Ebola outbreak has only further devastated an already struggling health infrastructure. Overwhelmed systems and widespread panic have posed barriers to essential health care, including maternal health services. Lack of essential supplies, illness among health care providers, and fear of infection among staff have all contributed to the widespread closure of health facilities.
As a result there has been a sharp increase in pregnant women without access to emergency obstetric care or a health facility in which to give birth. Thus, we have good reason to anticipate a growing number of new cases of obstetric fistula in Liberia.
These new patients, as well as the backlog of existing fistula cases, are in urgent need of regular health services again and access to fistula care.
Meet Our Partners
We identify local surgical teams in Liberia already successfully treating women with fistula—and then work to amplify their efforts.
- Locations: Monrovia
- Partner since: 2023
Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA International)
- Location: Monrovia
- Partner In: 2015
Below are funding totals since the start of each partnership.
- Artemedis Liberia: $73,340.00
- Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA International): $266,100