Project: Improved Community Health Program
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.
- 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%.