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Project: Improved Community Health Program
Funders: USAID
Timeframe: 2003–2008

The Problem: Liberia’s past 20-plus years of brutal conflict have resulted in a steady decline in the already scarce social services. This has been a major barrier to the expansion and delivery of reproductive and primary health care services throughout the country.

Long-Term Goal of Project: To increase the use of primary health care services through the participation of civil society in the three counties of Nimba, Bong and Monteserrado.

Project Objectives:

  • Increase knowledge on malaria prevention and treatment.
  • Increase immunization coverage.
  • Improve reproductive health service delivery.
  • Increase community participation in the prevention and treatment of common illnesses.
  • Implement Behavior Change Campaigns to sensitize communities on improved health practices.

Direct Beneficiaries: 330,891 individuals at 37 clinics and their catchment areas

Stand Out Results:

  • Children receiving vaccinations for all three diseases covered by the “DPT vaccination” (diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus) increased from 13% to 90%.
  • Measles immunization coverage increased from 22% to 82%.
  • Rate of oral rehydration therapy use increased from 17% to 74%.
  • Percentage of pregnant women receiving at least two tetanus toxoid vaccinations rose from 7% to 68%.
  • Percentage of pregnant women taking two doses of Fansidar to prevent malaria rose from 1% to 36%.
  • Knowledge about sexually transmitted infections and HIV knowledge increased by almost 90%.

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