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Silent Tragedy Hits! …As 1,100 Women Perish In Childbirth Every Twelfth Months In Liberia

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By: Elbie Sebleh

MONROVIA: President Joseph Nyuma Boakai has considered the United Nations H6 Mission’s findings on Liberia’s Health Sector, particularly revelations that 1,100 women and 8,510 newborns die annually during childbirth in Liberia as critical.

The UN H6 Partnership which released the Findings on Liberia’s Healthcare Sector comprises UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, UN Women, UNAIDS, and the World Bank.

It aims to support countries in achieving health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly focusing on sexual, reproductive, and maternal, child and adolescent health.

Over the weekend, the UN H6 Mission concluded its visit to Liberia with separate debriefing with President Joseph Nyumah Boakai at the Executive Mansion on Capitol Hill.

The UN H6 Mission also met with Dr. Catherine Cooper, Chief Medical Officer of Liberia and dozens of Health Practitioners at the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Ministerial Complex in Cong Town, outside Monrovia.

Prior to that, the Mission held interactive dialogues with the 55th National Legislature’s Health Committee, following its assessment on the Liberian health sector along with the Ministry of Health.

The United Nations (H6) Joint Mission, however, highlighted the urgent need for action to combat the increasing maternal and newborn deaths in the country.

The delegation revealed that 1,100 women and 8,510 newborn die annually during childbirth in Liberia.

The Government of Liberia (GOL), with support from partners said it is committed to accelerate the reduction of maternal, newborn, and child deaths in Liberia.

The mission emphasized the importance of inter-sectoral coordination and the linkages to Liberian Government’s flagship National Development Agenda, styled: Agriculture, Roads, Rule of Law, Education, Sanitation and Tourism (ARREST).

The mission which commended the increased budgetary allocation for the Nation’s Health Sector, however, stressed the need for timely disbursement and effective expenditure tracking, increased access to free education up to high school for all.

It particularly highlighted the link between girls dropping out of school and teenage pregnancy, empowerment and meaningful engagement of adolescents and youth in policy making and implementation.

It further underscored the need for youth-friendly services, and improvement of their living conditions and infrastructure.

“The H6 partnership remains steadfast in its commitment to supporting Liberia in achieving its healthcare goals and ensuring that no woman dies while giving life and that children should be born and live healthy lives and achieve their fullest potential,” the group stressed.

During the briefing with President Boakai, Dr. Anshu Banerjee, H6 Mission Team Lead – WHO’s Director of the Department of Maternal, New-born, Child, and Adolescent Health and Ageing in Geneva, emphasized the gravity of the situation.

“Eleven hundred women die every year in Liberia giving birth, and of course, no woman should be dying giving birth,” he mentioned.

The delegation expressed concerns over the increase in new-born mortality rates and the alarming number of stillbirths, attributing these tragedies to a lack of quality care during childbirth and antenatal care, among other factors.

Dr. Banerjee outlined specific targets to reduce maternal and new-born mortality, emphasizing the need to enhance access to healthcare services, reduce high out-of-pocket expenditure for health services, improve health infrastructure, and enact legal frameworks to address gender-based violence, female genital mutilation, child marriages, and teenage pregnancies, among other issues

Committing his government to addressing this grave concern during a briefing with the UN H6 Mission at the Executive Mansion, and Head of UN agencies of the H6 partnership, President Joseph Boakai, disclosed that the issues highlighted by the H6 Mission are of national importance in line with the ARREST agenda.

The Liberian leader has also lauded the team for conducting such an important exercise, committing his government to collaboration and partnership to address the health concerns of babies and mothers across the country.

“As a government, we are committed to making things turn around. We commit to being a responsible society that will look out for our women and children. It’s our challenge, and we have the manpower, commitment, and goodwill to ensure that we make this a record, of the past,” the Liberian President pointed out.

For her part, Dr. Catherine Cooper, Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, during the Mission’s debrief with health practitioners at the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (EJS) Ministerial Complex in Congo Town, described the Mission’s visit and findings on Liberia health sector as rewarding. She extolled the mission’s visit.

“We are grateful to the mission for their visit to Liberia and the exercise conducted. We look forward to the results of the mission. We thank them so highly and look forward for the support to identify priorities and how we can develop a roadmap to address this,” she stated.

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