EVENT DATE: May 26, 2014
Two civil wars within the past twenty years has devastated Liberia and shattered its healthcare system. Currently there is a chronic shortage of health services in rural communities. The only hospital offers limited care that is burdened by corruption. The Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has begun to make long-term investments necessary to building a sustainable healthcare system.
From May 26th to June 6th, three high school students and their advisor will travel to Liberia to train community healthcare workers in education and healthcare advocacy. Previous to departure, our group will have worked with the Liberian government and NGOs to design and create a training manual and materials that will be used to implement this project.
This service project will take place in local communities in Liberia to apply our classroom knowledge in a real world application to improve the healthcare education and practice in Liberian society. This service learning will make a sustainable difference in the infrastructure and human capital to help the villagers who are working to rebuild their lives. Helping to coordinate and facilitate the implementation of this service project will provide our group with skill-based knowledge that we will bring back to Shanghai and disseminate with our community.
To fund this project, we need to cover (very expensive) plane tickets, clean food and water, housing, transportation, medical supplies, and material publication.