In a bid to strengthen the capacity of its staff and partners, and to provide essential information about its Menstrual Hygiene Program, WaterAid has conducted a week-long Training on Menstrual Hygiene Management. The exercise recently held in Nigeria is intended to ensure a robust training, awareness and advocacy on Menstrual Hygiene Management across West Africa.
A technical working group has been established by the Government of Liberia and partners at the just ended WASH BAT workshop in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County. The working group was formed at the end of a 3-Day workshop organized by the Government of Liberia and UNICEF. The three-day gathering was aimed at addressing bottlenecks in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector of Liberia.
The 40th Annual General Scientific Meeting of the West African College of Physicians has ended in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, with a commitment to assist countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak to rebuild their health system. In a communiqué, the College has also agreed to assist governments and stake holders in the sub region to conduct research on infectious diseases. The college among other things, has at the same time agreed to provide high quality training of medical specialists of international standards capable of meeting the health needs of the region.
Nurses stopping mid-treatment to haul water. Janitors taking placentas home to be buried, for lack of an incinerator. Patients with no choice but to relieve themselves in dirty fields outside the hospital. These conditions and more are captured in a new photo gallery from Liberia, where, nearly 18 months after the country was declared free of Ebola, hospitals and medical clinics still struggle to function with poor and intermittent water supplies and broken toilets and incinerators. In the Monrovia suburb of Paynesville, which was quarantined during the Ebola epidemic, healthcare staff still report water shortages and overflowing toilets which put patients at risk of infection and disease.
The lack of safe water, adequate sanitation and proper hygiene has a severe and burdensome impact on the daily lives of Liberians. Nearly four million Liberians are ruthlessly affected by these challenges each day with staggering impact on the economy and environment. The lack of safe water, adequate sanitation and proper hygiene is causing a crisis in our country. But, Liberia’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) crisis is not due to scarcity. It is due exclusively to the lack of access, effective public policy, political will and determination. In a recent report, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that many Liberians die each year from preventable diseases attributed to unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and improper hygiene.