The Coordinator of the Lutheran Church in Liberia Malaria Program (LCLMP) Sue Larmouth Gaye-Korgba has recommitted the institution’s support to health centers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the pandemic, according to Madam Gaye-Korgba, LCLMP has helped health facilities including Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing, the C. B. Dunbar Maternity Hospital, as well as the Palala and Gbarnlai Maternal Waiting Homes, among others.
She says LCLMP continues to implement its malaria prevention project in more than 50 communities in Bong County, using different communication channels and a chain of Community Health Volunteers (CHV) to convey malaria preclusion messages among the local population.
She adds that the project focuses on advocacy and training where community members are provided skills to initiate local advocacy on malaria prevention beyond the project lifespan as part of the sustainability strategy. She continues that it also builds ownership among community members to develop the resilience in managing their own healthcare.
She notes that funds allocated to some of these different programs have now been diverted to the current program activities due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mrs. Gaye-Korgba maintains that as long as the project continues to receive supports from donors or partners, the health sector of Bong County will always be prioritized.
At the Palala and Gbarnlai maternal waiting homes, Mrs. Gaye-Korgba says the LCLMP remains supportive to these facilities especially midwives and pregnant women. She calls on community members to attend health facilities to get medications while fighting against COVID-19.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong County–Edited by Winston W. Parley