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Africare Dedicates 7th Maternal Waiting Home In Bong
By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Reporter
GBARNGA, July 2 (LINA) - In an effort to reduce maternal mortality in Bong County, Africare-Liberia has completed the construction of the 7th maternal waiting home in Handii, Fuamah District.
The project was undertaken through the Child Survival Project (CSP) with support from the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project.
Four of the first six maternal homes were constructed in Zabay and Yeila in Kpaii District; Belemue in Panta District and Janjay in Jorquelleh District, while the other two were built at the Phebe Hospital and Salala Health Center.
Speaking to a team of journalists at the dedication of the facility Thursday, Africare Country Director Earnest Gaie pointed out that the six homes were funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the ARROW Project.
Gaie said another maternal waiting home is being constructed in Botota, Kokoyah District and will shortly be dedicated for use by the people of the district.
He indicated that the construction of the maternity homes was as a result of a survey conducted by Africare which showed that most pregnant women faced problems during delivery at community clinics due to late transfer by Traditional Birth Attendants operating in towns and villages.
According to him, the homes are constructed in communities with clinics and will be used as residential facilities for pregnant women that are not inhabitants of the host clinic until delivery.
“We will allow pregnant women from our sponsored clinics in communities and others with potential complication during delivery to stay in our various maternal homes from seven months to delivery before they return home,” the Africare official stated.