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UNFPA turns over maternal waiting home to GOL

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Bahn Health Center’s maternal waiting home, in Bahn, Nimba County, funded by the Liberia Spotlight Initiative, has been turned over to the Government of Liberia.

The 28-bed facility will provide women in the final stages of pregnancy and who are residing in distanced communities with accommodation, where they will ultimately give birth under the care of skilled birth attendants.

 In addition to providing accommodation, the Bahn Health Center’s maternal waiting home has a delivery room, labor ward, postpartum ward, and nursing station attached for enhanced service delivery.

The facilities were constructed by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, in collaboration with Plan International Liberia.

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Bahn Health Center Maternal Waiting Home

Speaking in Bahn on Friday, 10 September, at the official handover ceremony, Mr. Ibrahim M. Sesay, Officer-In-Charge, UNFPA Liberia said making motherhood safer is a human rights imperative and is at the core of UNFPA’s mandate.

“Working for the survival of mothers is a human rights imperative, and it is a development priority. The International Conference on Population and Development and the Millennium Development Goals called for achieving a 75 percent reduction in maternal mortality between 1990 and 2015; this remains an unfinished agenda. The new Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals, call for bringing the maternal mortality ratio down to 70 deaths per 100,000 live births by 2030,” Mr. Sesay says.

“While Liberia has made some gains in making motherhood safer leading to a reduction in maternal deaths from 1072 per 100,000 live births in 2013 to 742 deaths per live births in 2020, achieving the global target remains a monumental task,” says the UNFPA Liberia Officer-In-Charge.

He indicated: “The best way to achieve this ambitious target is to ensure that all women have access to contraception to avoid unintended pregnancies; provide all pregnant women with skilled and respectful care in a safe environment during delivery and make sure women with complications have timely access to quality emergency obstetric care.

Receiving the facilities, Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah lauds the EU-funded Spotlight Initiative for its support toward increased women and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health, rights and reduction in the prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices in Liberia.

“The Government of Liberia is committed to the reduction of maternal mortality as part of its Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development. We want to ensure that no woman dies when she goes to have a child,” says Dr. Jallah

She admonishes community members to ensure the proper use of the facility.

The Spotlight Initiative is an EU – UN global partnership to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, launched on 18 June 2019 by the Government of Liberia, European Union, Civil Society Organizations and the United Nations in Liberia.

The Spotlight Initiative aims, through priority interventions, to prevent and respond to sexual gender-based violence, sexual reproductive health and rights, and harmful practices against women and girls by addressing structural causes across six key pillars of legislative and policy framework; institutional strengthening; changing norms and behaviors; delivery of essential services; management of data and strengthening women’s movements and civil society organizations.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/grounds-broken-for-26-bed-room-hospital-in-nimba-county/ Press release

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