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Black Women in Africa: Liberia’s New Program to Save Lives of New Moms

 

 

 Liberia’s high rate of maternal mortality is partly due to the long distances women must travel to reach clinics. A project closes that gap by building "maternity waiting homes" near these facilities. The first one opens its doors this week.

Liberia’s high rate of maternal mortality is partly due to the long distances women must travel to reach clinics. A project closes that gap by building "maternity waiting homes" near these facilities. The first one opens its doors this week.


To help lower the country’s high rate of maternal deaths, the government of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has welcomed life-saving projects and asked for regular updates on the results.

One of the projects, aimed at shortening the distance between expectant mothers and health facilities, begins this week.

The first of seven planned "maternity waiting homes" in Bong County, in north-central Liberia, is scheduled to open its doors. The homes are…http://womensenews.org/story/reproductive-health/110204/liberia-innovates-save-lives-new-moms

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