10 December 2012

Liberia: Handicap International Pulls Out of JFK

The Government of Liberia is being faced with another big medical challenge with the pulling out of the support of Handicap International from providing quality services to the Monrovia Rehabilitation Center[MRC] and the undertaking of another physical rehabilitation project.

During a program marking the official closure of the physical Rehabilitation Project of MRC, sponsored by Handicap International in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Medical center held at the JFK compound over the weekend, the program Director of Handicap International, Mr. Yann Conic in a statement said, after 12 years of partnership with the John F. Kennedy Medical center, it was about time for them to handover the project to the Liberian Government.

"We are leaving MRC, but we are not leaving Liberia because we are stay working with other disable organizations in the country." He stated.

The Monrovia Rehabilitation Center [MRC] is the physical rehabilitation department of the JFK Medical center. The center provides services for inpatients of JFKMC and out patients, including those referred by para-medical and social institutions.

A memorandum of understanding [MOU] was signed between the JFK and Handicap International to provide financial and technical support for the Monrovia Rehabilitation Center project activities. The MRC serves an average of 800-1000 patients annually.

Meanwhile, the program director of Handicap international did not indicate whether the MOU was for only 12 years.

In response, to Mr. Yann Conic's turnover statement, Dr. Billy Johnson, Chief medical officer of the JFKMC used the occasion to call on the Government of Liberia to continue its support and increase its budget. He clarify that it is the project that is coming to an end, not the closing of MRC. So the MRC is stay operating. He called on the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to work with the JFKMC.

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