Life for African Mothers (LFAM), a United Kingdom-based maternaal charity organization, has completed the training of 307 midwives across six counties in Liberia.
LFAM aims to make birth safer in Sub Saharan Africa by providing medication to treat eclampsia and post-partum hemorrhage.
By providing medication to treat the complications of child birth, LFAM has been able to support hospitals and health centers across Africa and see huge reductions in maternal mortality.
The six month training which started October 2016 was conducted for midwives in Montserrado, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa, Margibi and Gbarpolu Counties.
Making remark at the close of the six-month training, UK Ambassador accredited to Liberia, David Belgrave, described the work of LFAM as fantastic and important to Liberia, which has one of the highest maternal mortality rates across the world.
He noted that LFAM has in the shortest possible time expanded its program across the country.
“Liberia has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world, and so the work of LFAM is absolutely vital here. I have respect for the work they are doing and encourage them to do more,” said the UK envoy to Liberia.
“I equally want to thank the trainees for their massive participation. I think this will help reduce the rate of maternal deaths in the country,” he said.
Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer of LFAM, Madam Angela Gorman, said the organization has concentrated parts of its activities to Liberia owing to the strong bond of relationship that has subsisted between Liberia and the UK.
“It was quite a challenge to do it, but we went on and succeeded. We travelled to hard-to-reach areas. The biggest challenge was road inaccessibility, especially in Gbarpolu County, but we went on to accomplish our job,” Gorman noted.
The LFAM head hopes and prays that the training is taken to other parts of the country at the end of the rainy season so that other midwives get first hand training to further enhance the reduction of maternal mortality rate across the country.
For her part, a consultant to LFAM, Helen Loewenstein, described the completion of the six-month training as a great achievement by the maternal charity group in Liberia.
“The training went extremely well. We successfully did what we had to do. This was a great achievement for us,” she stated.
“During the course of the training, we were teaching midwives how to manage emergency complications and other areas of delivery. There is always need to learn new skills in every field and the nursing profession is no exception to this,” Helen explained.
The six-month training was made possible through support from the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).
Speaking at official program marking the close of the training, an official of NOCAL, Mr. Ambulah Mamey, said the support by NOCAL is not just for news making, but to save lives.
“Our goal is to make a change in the health sector, especially to battle the high rate of infant mortality in our country,” Mr. Mamey said.
“With the training now concluded, we look up to seeing a low rate of infant mortality in our country, especially in those six counties in which the training was held,” he among other things added.