Caroline Hayse wrote -
The Ebola crisis destroyed an already weak health system in Liberia. More people died from the hidden effects of ebola than of ebola itself because patients who needed help would not go to hospitals for fear of contracting the disease. Those who did seek treatment were met with understaffed facilities with little or no resources. This crisis especially affected maternal and child health and there was a 50% increase in maternal and infant mortality during and after the ebola crisis. Partners in Health is fundraising to reverse this trend by advocating for maternal and child health. We aim to strengthen health systems, train health professionals, and generate new knowledge to develop a sustainable healthcare system in Liberia. This fundraiser will help PIH further develop their Pleebo health center in Liberia, which currently serves a population of 160,000 and is overwhelmed by the need for healthcare in the area, resulting in three hour wait times. A successful campaign will enable the health center to build space for more beds, hire midwives, screen pregnant women for HIV, purchase Mama Baby kits and more. Partners in Health is a worldwide organization that strives to make healthcare a human right. Help us make this a reality by donating to our campaign to support maternal and child health in Liberia!