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Media, SIDA To Partner On Health Issues
MONROVIA, February 15 (LINA) - The Anti-AIDS Media Network (AAMIN) in collaboration with the Joint U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) have agreed to scale up programs for journalists in three of Liberia’s 15 counties.
Supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), the undertaking aims to create demand for community utilization of the Prevention of HIV Transmission from Mother-to-Child (PMTCT) and Antenatal Care (ANC).
The PMTCT services are being provided under the Government of Liberia program called H6, with funding from the Swedish government, according to a release released in Monrovia.
H6 services include the provision of some life-saving commodities like family planning, prevention and management of fistula; ensuring comprehensive PMTCT service delivery as well as other maternal health interventions.
The joint effort of the government and development partners is meant to strengthen the delivery of quality right-based health services, as well as increase demand, improve access to and utilization of maternal newborn health care services in three targeted counties, including Gbapolu and Grand Cape Mount in Western Liberia and River Cess in Southern Liberia.
Similar program was implemented up to the end of 2016 in Maryland, River Gee and Grand Kru counties.
Considering the importance of the program and its impact on the Liberian Health Sector especially in the targeted counties and communities, the Anti-AIDS Media Network believes without the total involvement of the media, desired expectations may not be achievable.
To achieve this, AAMIN over the weekend provided to journalists material support and mini-grant aim at strengthening the capacity of journalists in those counties to monitor and increase reportage on the H6 program.
During the engagement, AAMIN and the community journalists agreed through a partnership agreement to use their existing media platforms to run radio programs that tend to augment knowledge of citizens on the H6 program intervention, and set in motion field trip activities for increasing reporting to help provide the public broader understanding of services being provided.
Necus Andrews, Executive Director of the Media network said the initiative is meant to contribute to the Government’s desire of accelerating the reduction of maternal and newborn deaths in the country.
Liberia’s current maternal death rate, according to the maternal mortality ratio (MMR), stands at 700 per 100,000, and 1,072 per 100,000.
This means that out of every 100,000 women who went to deliver their babies in Liberia700 will die in childbirth and out of every 100,000 children given birth to, 1,072 could die.
Liberia accounts for the highest percent of maternal and infant deaths in the world, the release said.