News @ JSI

Liberia Conference Reaffirms Commitment to Maternal Health

January 23, 2018

A recent maternal and newborn health conference was held in Liberia with the theme No to Maternal and Newborn Deaths. At the meeting, held in Lofa County, more than 150 participants pledged to intensify their efforts to address the major causes of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality as well as improve the health and well-being of the Lofa people.

The meeting convened a range of stakeholders, ranging from the county administration including the county superintendent, district commissioners, and paramount chiefs to the county health team, health workers, and implementing partners working in Lofa County.

At the community level, conference participants recognized the critical roles of religious and traditional leaders as well as trained traditional midwives and challenged them to use their networks by serving as advocates to encourage pregnant women to attend health facilities for antenatal care, deliveries, and postnatal care to enhance the uptake of maternal and newborn health services in Lofa.

Conference participants also came together in a declaration for no home deliveries in Lofa County.

The conference was jointly organized by the Ministry of Health, Lofa County Health Team and health partners with support from IRC, PACs, JSI, and the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Survival Program Restoration of Health Services project implemented by Jhpiego and JSI.

Learn more in an article in The New Dawn newspaper.