Monrovia — IRC Liberia has received a $17.8 million grant from USAID; the United States Agency for International Development to support the government of Liberia's National Community Health Program. Approximately 29% of the Liberian population, and 60% of the rural population live more than 5km from a health facility. With a host of health challenges in the area including high incidence of Malaria, anemia and a lack of reproductive health services, this USAID funded program will enable IRC to support the Liberian Ministry of Health to meet the health needs of underserved populations in Bong and Lofa counties.
Faith Cooper, IRC Liberia Country Director said, "We are delighted to have been awarded this crucial grant by USAID. The grant will allow us to improve the quality of health services in the target areas. Not only will we support the government of Liberia to increase the coverage of community health assistants in these counties, we will also be increasing the capacity of county health staff and communities to plan, manage and monitor the comprehensive delivery of health services.
"We have already seen the positive impact of such grants and this project presents a unique opportunity to build on the gains achieved under the previous USAID community health grant; "Partnership for Advancing Community-based Services (PACS)", implemented by the IRC and partners. PACS supported the government to strengthen health systems, improve reproductive maternal and child health, as well as restore public confidence in health facilities and health staff. PACS also provided support to build the government of Liberia's capacity to control infectious diseases and efforts to rebuild the health system.