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Learning Tour visits rural health clinic in Liberia
Posted by: Katherine Porter on January 12, 2012 at 10:05AM EST
Giulia McPherson is traveling in Liberia and Ghana on a CARE Learning Tour, a comprehensive, multi-day tour for policymakers and those who can influence policy to gain firsthand knowledge of the core issues poor communities face. She is the Deputy Director for Citizen Advocacy with CARE USA’s Policy and Advocacy Unit. To learn more about the Learning Tours Program, please visit: www.care.org/learningtours.
In the aftermath of the 14 year civil war in Liberia, 90 percent of communities in Liberia did not have a functioning health facility and 95 percent of the country’s health facilities were damaged or destroyed. To achieve long-term stability and growth, the country’s leadership recognizes that investments in its health infrastructure are critical.
One of the areas of dire need is maternal and newborn child health. Today, Liberia has one of the world’s highest maternal mortality rates – 994 women out of every 100,000 die during pregnancy or delivery. This is compared to 24 women out of every 100,000 in the United States. Only 28 percent of the population is immunized and malaria and diarrhea are among the major causes of death among children under five.
[Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) with child in community health clinic]
[Polan Raerae, 52, community member and midwife]