A local non-governmental organization, Prison Fellowship Liberia says it has included a new component in its human rights advocacy programs across the country to help deal with health related issues.
The Fellowship Executive Director Rev. Francis Kollie in a chat with journalists recently said the new program named and styled “Right to Health” is aimed at increasing the advocacy on the rights to health issues in Liberia.
Rev. Kollie said it involves creating awareness and education on proper personal hygiene and how to access health facilities in towns and villages. “The need to move in such direction can be over emphasized as thousands of Liberians still lack access to health care delivery- especially in the rural parts of Liberia, he noted”.
The prison fellowship director said too many deaths are reported here on a daily basis and that most of these deaths are related to common diseases either due to lack of education or lack of access to a government or private run health care center in the victim’s district, town and village.
He said the Right to Health program is currentlybeing run in Bong County’s Fumah district and is expected to reach other parts of the country in due course. Rev. Kollie the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is sponsoring the program through the United States Agency for International Development or USAID Fund Project Partnership for Advancing Community Services.
He named other partners as OSIWA, United Nations Office on Drug and Crime, UNICEF, US State Department and Embassy near Monrovia among others. He commended the Health Ministry, Bong County Health Team as well as other partners for the level of support in making sure that some of the challenges in the health sector are addressed.
The Prison Fellowship head said there is an overwhelming reception from locals in towns and villages in Fumah District where the Right to Health program has picked off. Meanwhile, touching on his organization past experience, Rev. Kollie made reference to the Access to Justice Program.
He noted the organization has offered legal assistance to eight hundred persons in eight of the ten counties where it operates, noting that the Access to Justice Component is intended to help restore the dignity of the less fortunate and underprivileged.
Rev. Kollie also praised the Ministry of Justice, the Judiciary and other legal bodies for working with the Fellowship as it seeks to advocate for pretrial detainee after coming in conflict with the laws.
The Fellowship operates in eight of Liberia fifteen political sub divisions to nclude Montserrado, Nimba, Bong, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Bomi Grand Gedeh, Maryland and Lofa.
By; Lewis S. Teh–Edited by Othello B. Garblah