Community Health Worker Support for Advancing Liberian Livelihoods has launched new health activities for Liberia.
The program seeks to work with the Ministry of Health to build the capacity of health workers as the Country embarks on a community health assistance program. According to Abigail Mc Daniel, the new health activities will focus on carrying out community health awareness for the prevention of diseases. McDaniel said the program will also create the framework in maintaining a responsive health program for the community among others. Launching the program, Assistant Minister for Preventive Services, Dr. Sampson Arzoaquoi, said Liberia cannot make progress in the prevention of diseases without the involvement of the communities. “We believe the role of the community is a platform that we all need to use now in our healthcare provision,” he said, noting, that a very resource constraint country such as Liberia cannot make progress with the provision of healthcare in the absence of assuring that diseases are prevented. “Disease conditions are generated in the community and it is only the community that can serve in assuring that those health situations are controlled if not curtail. Liberia as a nation with appalling statistics in maternal and child healthcare continue to have outbreak of diarrhea. There is still need for improvement,” he said. He added, “no amount of policy can reduce maternity death when the community themselves do not play a role in keeping their environment clean and save". In remarks USAID Country Director Anthony Chan said sustained community engagement was essential in achieving meaningful improvements within the health sector. Chan said the role of the community was critical in ensuring universal access to primary healthcare and building a resilient health system. “CHWS activity for ALL will prepare the MOH at central and county level for the introduction and management of the National Community Health Assistant program,” the USAID Director asserted. Chan maintained that the program will also use an evidence-based approach to shape community health policies and programs within Liberia. He applauded CHWS for all for focusing on institution building, on strengthening the capacity of MOH and communities.