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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia. (Photo courtesy of the President’s Office, Liberia.)

Africare President Julius E. Coles with ICH Chief of Party, Claudette Bailey at Fenutoli Health Center in Bong County, Liberia.

Some of the young Liberians who will live longer, healthier lives thanks to Africare's work in reactivating rural clinics.

Africare President visits Liberia

WASHINGTON, DC, November 2006 — Africare President Julius E. Coles with President Johnson SirleafColes traveled to Liberia late November to review Africare’s program work in the Bong and Nimba counties. His visit centered on the status and develop-ment of program sites whose focuses coincide with Africare’s two principal initiatives on the continent: health & HIV/AIDS and food security & agri-culture. The Improved Community Health Project (ICH) and the Food Support for Community Resettlement and Reintegration Project (CRR) were the highlights of his trip. Coles also met with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (as pictured at right) to discus Africare’s future role in development work for the country.

The Improved Community Health Project (ICH) was launched nationwide in January 2003 to increase the use of primary health care services through civil society partnerships. The project aims to strengthen primary care with an emphasis on malaria prevention and treatment, increased immunization coverage, improved reproductive health services delivery, and increased community participation in the prevention and treatment of common illnesses. Africare’s partnership with local NGOs continues to improve access to health care in Liberia through established links between communities and clinics.

To date, in three counties, the ICH project has reactivated 32 clinics, which now provide medical services, training and medications to local families. Addition-ally, 11,025 insecticide-treated bed nets were distributed to project communities in Bong and Nimba counties. The ICH project is expected to continue through January 2008.

The Food Support for Community Resettlement and Reintegration Project (CRR) is a partnership between Catholic Relief Services, World Vision and Africare to strengthen food security for rural communities and support displaced populations as they return to their homes. The focus is on small-scale income generation, enabling participants to receive "food-for-work" by building and maintaining vegetable gardens and fish farms in their local communities. The project's efforts also contribute to diet diversification and improved nutritional status of the com-munities benefiting from the work. Since its launch in January 2006, CRR has assisted 9,155 farm families.


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