BENEFITING: Geebamu International
GEEBAMU International, Inc. is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of assisting the health care delivery system in Liberia. Its mission is to strengthen clinics and health care facilities in rural areas of Liberia. Funds raised will be used to purchase and ship drugs and other basic medical supplies and equipment, for distribution to clinic and medical facilities in rural Liberia – where the mortality rate is high due to the lack of access to basic health care. The aim is to help improve services and reduce the high rate of mortality among women and children. People living in these rural areas are the most affected from the lack of access to basic health care, which results in high mortality among women and children. In some areas, only the bare, non-functional, half destroyed structures can be seen. In other areas, the health services are provided in miss-shift facilities such as neighborhood schools or Palava Hut (Gazebo). The few supplies that health workers have are taken with them each day as they go to these miss-shift facilities. For the past three years, GEEBAMU has solicited new and used equipment and medical supplies and distributed them to rural health facilities in Cotton Tree, Lower Margibi County; Owens Groove, Grand Bassa County; and the Beyan Kesselly Military Clinic, Margibi County. Per the WHO Health Review 2006, most of the clinics and health care facilities were destroyed during the 14 year Liberian civil war. The shortage of health workers and doctors has made health care delivery even more difficult, if not impossible. A 2006 health survey indicates that the country had a total of about 52 doctors to cater to a population of 3.8 million – which is approximately 75,000 persons being catered to by 1 doctor. (www.africareview.com/news/WHO-alarm-over-Liberia-doctor-shortage/.../index.html). These efforts cannot be sustained from mare solicitation. Funds are needed to purchase and ship drugs and other basic medical supplies and equipment, for distribution to these rural facilities. The aim is to help improve services to the people and reduce the high rate of mortality among women and children.