Thanks to the support of partners like you, we had the opportunity to realize several major milestones this quarter.
In August we launched operations in Grand Bassa County, expanding our direct implementation footprint to include a total of three of Liberia’s 15 counties. Just a few weeks later, we joined our partners from the Ministry of Health to culminate two years of hard work and partnership by officially opening the first-ever government clinic in Gboe District. We also had the great honor of announcing our plans for the Community Health Academy at an event hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to elevate innovative ideas for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The photos below provide a snapshot of our progress over the past several months and we hope you’ll take a moment to read our most recent Quarterly Report for more detail on our progress.
Since 2015, Last Mile Health has been working together with the Grand Gedeh County Health Team and the people of Gboe District (population: ~1600) to build, staff, and operationalize the district’s first-ever health facility. The clinic, which is located in the town of Boe Geewon, launched operations on September 11th and has since treated hundreds of patients who, until now, would have had to travel by motorbike for two hours or more at a cost of US $20+ each way to access the nearest health facility.
As usual, this year’s rainy season has been characterized by extremely challenging road conditions on the route between Rivercess and Grand Gedeh Counties. Here, Last Mile Health driver Addison Weah poses with an LMH vehicle that slid off the road while attempting to tow a Ministry of Health vehicle that was traveling in the same convoy en route from the clinic launch in Gboe. No one was injured and there was no damage to the vehicle.
Melvin Julue hails from Zean Town, a remote community in Gboe District that’s roughly 20 minutes by motorbike or an hour’s walk from the new clinic in Boe Geewon. With support from Last Mile Health, he traveled to Zwedru City to receive extensive training at Martha Tubman Memorial Hospital and is now employed full-time as the clinic’s Laboratory Aide.
In August, Last Mile Health launched operations in Grand Bassa County and will soon begin working alongside the Ministry of Health’s local County Health Team to implement the National Community Health Assistant (CHA) Program. The team pictured here is currently traveling around the county by motorbike and on foot to collect GPS data and create detailed maps that will be used to identify remote communities and optimize supervision and supply chain routes.
Last Mile Health staff and community members work together to elevate a vehicle with wooden planks after it got stuck in the mud while delivering medical commodities to community health workers in Rivercess County.
James Komon, the Town Chief of Boe Geewon, took part in the grand opening ceremony of the Boe Geewon Community Clinic in September.
Through a generous grant from the Open Society Foundations, Last Mile Health’s Community Engagement Team is currently supporting remote communities to develop and execute small-scale, high-impact health and development projects such as well repairs and the construction of pit latrines.
Community members, representatives of the Ministry of Health’s Grand Gedeh County Health Team, and Last Mile Health staff gather to celebrate the grand opening of the Boe Geewon Community Clinic.
Last Mile Health Operations Team members Richard Gono (front) and Andrew Saye (behind) perform motorbike maintenance in Gboe District.
Agnes Panman serves as a community health worker for Zean Town in Gboe District, the town where she grew up. Agnes’ was born in her family’s home, and ten months ago she delivered her own child at home because she was unable to make the more than two-hour journey to a neighboring county to reach the nearest clinic. The day this photo was taken, Agnes celebrated the birth of a healthy baby to the first pregnant woman she had referred to the new Boe Geewon Community Clinic for delivery.
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