10 December 2012

Liberia: Handicap International Ends Operation At JFK

The Physical Rehabilitation Project sponsored by Handicap International (HI) in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Medical Center/Monrovia Rehabilitation Center (MRC), has ended. The HI has provided financial and technical support for the MRC project activities since 12 years ago. The MRC, according to report, serves an average of 800-1000 patients annually.

Speaking at program marking the official closure of the program, the Project Manager of the HI, Mr. Dorbor M. Akoi, said the initiative has been a very important one that will be missed. Though HI is drawing its support, he said the rehabilitation project is not closing down at the JFK.

Also speaking, the Project Director of HI, Mr. Yann Conic, emphasized that the HI is not stopping its operations in Liberia even though the program is closing. Mr. Conic said HI will continue linking ways with MRC in the areas of technical support both at local and international levels.

He called on the management of JFK to exert all effort it can so that the center remains. We are still going to be active in Liberia, and we will continue to have technical exchanges with the JFK at home and international levels," he stated.

For his part, the Chief Medical Officer of JFK, Dr. Billy Johnson, lauded HI for the program at JFK for the past 12 years. He said the center has been a leader in providing rehabilitation services in Liberia. With the closure of the HI sponsored project, he said clients will now have to pay at least L$100 for service unlike the services rendered in the past.

He said this is geared towards sustaining the program at the JFK. "JFK will continue to provide services but will not be able to do so in the absence of money," said Dr. Johnson. He said for other programs to survive, JFK will look to other form of support.

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