Since 2011, Partner Liberia has been working in Liberia with clinics, orphanages and schools to provide care to those who need it the most.
They are dedicated to the development of therapeutic respiratory education, eradication of worms, implementation of green energies, and sustainability of orphanages in Liberia. They serve this mission through many simultaneous and interconnected projects.
LIBERIA RESPIRATORY CARE INSTITUTE
Respiratory failure presides as the leading cause of death in Liberia and the leading cause of infant mortality worldwide. Their co-founder, Mike Davis, recognized the need for respiratory care in Liberia on his first visit in 2011. Mike initially used his training as a respiratory care Practitioner/Respiratory Therapist (RT) at hospitals in clinics when he began working in Liberia in 2011. In 2012, he partnered with the only RT in Liberia, Joseph Moore, with the intent of opening an RT training program in Liberia. By July of that year they opened Liberia Respiratory Care Institute (LRCI), the first school of respiratory therapy in Africa. They also worked with the Liberian Medical and Dental Council (LMDC) to create an RT license thus facilitating national recognition of the profession.
GREEN ENERGY SOLUTIONS
Liberia currently suffers from the second highest energy costs and the least developed power grid in the world. This combination functionally eradicates access to electricity for the majority of the country, as, even those who have a source for electricity cannot afford it. Due to this, Partner Liberia developed a sustainable solar energy program for orphanages and healthcare providers that care for the most underserved communities in Liberia.
Their orphanage sustainability program is a designed to provide a major source of support for some of the orphanages they work with. Though they would like to include every orphanage in this program, the number that they can support is limited. They choose those most in need of support and who do not receive assistance, or receive limited assistance, from other organizations.
Their flagship institution for this is Sister Iye orphanage in the Barnesville area of Montserrado County. Over the last several years they have been able to help them with a variety of needs including beds, food, running water, and a playground. In addition to various daily needs they try to provide each of these orphanages with a some type of vocational training program for those kids who will soon be leaving the facility when they are of age. At Sister Iye, they have provided sewing machines for those who have shown an interest in tailoring and have completed practical training.
Worms are a major threat to the nutritional status and overall health of people all over the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 870 million children are at risk of parasitic worm infection. Worm infections interfere with nutrient uptake; can lead to anemia, malnourishment and impaired mental and physical development; and pose a serious threat to children’s health, education, and productivity. By delivering Albendazole every six months to those susceptible, they can help to prevent worm infections and improve their nutritional well-being.
They have been building a de-worming program in Liberia since 2011. Since then they have expanded their program to over a dozen orphanages and schools. They are beginning to integrate de-worming with their other programs in an effort to expand their program and to make it sustainable.See more