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Liberia

In Liberia, skilled attendance at birth remains low, leading to higher rates of maternal death and injury such as obstetric fistula.

 Why We Work in Liberia

Fistula Foundation is not currently working 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.

What You Help Us Do

We made the following investments to build Liberia’s in-country medical services and provide life-transforming surgery to as many women as possible:

Meet Our Partners

Fistula Foundation has previously worked with Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA) in Liberia. We are currently not funding any projects in the country.

What projects did we fund in the past?

Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA)

Family Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, provides basic fistula care services with up to six beds available for fistula patients. However, the Ebola crisis temporarily halted all fistula activities at the hospital. Liberia has since been declared Ebola-free several times by the World Health Organization; however, each time new cases of Ebola emerged, presenting an ongoing challenge. This project was designed to help the fistula unit get back on its feet and pave the way for the availability of continued fistula care in Liberia.

Initially partnering with Family Medical Center in Monrovia, WAHA has expanded to include a second treatment site, Phebe Hospital, located in central Liberia. As a result, they’ve been able to reach many more women in need of treatment. In addition to supporting surgeries, funding from Fistula Foundation provided patient outreach and education, valuable on-the job training for local fistula care teams, transportation for patients to and from the hospital, and psychological counseling, nutritional support, and life-skills training for recovering patients.

How much funding have we granted?

Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA)

  • $266,100 in FY2015

 

 

News from the Field

Liberia: Restoring Fistula Treatment After Ebola  •  November 14, 2016
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During the 2014 Ebola outbreak, Liberia was one of the hardest-hit countries in West Africa, with the highest number of Ebola deaths. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Liberia...
During the 2014 Ebola outbreak, Liberia was one of the hardest-hit countries in West Africa, with the highest number of Ebola deaths. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Liberia reported 300 to 400 new Ebola cases every week in August and September 2014, a devastating pace for the country’s already weak health system. In the capital city of Monrovia, WHO reports that during that period, people were turned away from treatment centers overwhelmed with patients and that bodies sometimes went uncollected for days.
Meet Christiana from Liberia  •  November 09, 2016
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Christiana* was 16 when she became pregnant with her fiancé’s child. Her labor was difficult, and resulted in a stillbirth. She remembers that the health worker who was present at...
Christiana* was 16 when she became pregnant with her fiancé’s child. Her labor was difficult, and resulted in a stillbirth. She remembers that the health worker who was present at the delivery put his hand in and out of her several times without using gloves. Three days later, she noticed she was leaking urine—she had developed an obstetric fistula. She didn’t know that her injury could be treated
Your Donations at Work: Liberia  •  October 25, 2016
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During the 2014 Ebola outbreak, Liberia was one of the hardest-hit countries in West Africa, with the highest number of Ebola deaths. According to the World Health Organization, Liberia reported...
During the 2014 Ebola outbreak, Liberia was one of the hardest-hit countries in West Africa, with the highest number of Ebola deaths. According to the World Health Organization, Liberia reported 300 to 400 new cases every week in August and September 2014, a devastating pace for the country’s already weak health system.

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