Nation Building

Som alla vet började Liberia Dujar Association, LDA, sin utbildningsverksamhet i Liberia genom att bygga nya skolor och reparera befintliga. Idag har vi byggt och reparerat 19 skolor och lämnat 17 skolor till Liberias regering. De återstående två skolorna driver vi själva, en gymnasieskola, Liberia Dujar High School, samt Liberia Dujar University College, där vi driver Sjuksköterska -och Business Education program.

Genom vår kamp att driva dessa program, där ekonomin hela tiden står på spel, fick LDA rekommendationen att samarbeta med Care for Liberia Population (CALP). Projektet fick sitt stöd av Israeliska Ambassad i Ghana.

Enligt Dennis Toe, Project Director för Liberia Dujar Association-Liberia, gav israeliska ambassaden Liberia Dujar och CALP uppdraget att tillsammans reparera biblioteket i E.J Goodridge High School i Barnersvilles kommun, där våra skolor också ligger.

Reparationsarbetet tog två veckor och kostade 25 000 USD. Den 29 juni i år invigdes biblioteket av israeliska ambassadören Sholmit Sufa. Deltagande under programmet var bland andra representanter från utbildningsdepartementet och en riksdagsman, Richard Koon, som också är ledamot i kommunens fullmäktigeförsamling. LDA var huvudansvarig för projektet, som utföll till full belåtenhet för skolan och israeliska ambassaden.

Enligt den israeliska ambassadören ser ambassaden fram emot fortsatt samarbete i framtiden. Vi tackar Israeliska Ambassaden och ser också å vår sida fram emot mer samarbete i framtiden.

Se alla foton om deltagande och biblioteket.

 

Denna information är skriven av
Dennis Toe, Projekt Direktör, Liberia Dujar Association-Liberia.
Översättning på svenska, Lois Hemgren, Generalsekreterare, Liberia Dujar Association-Sweden

More Midwiferies needed in Liberia

During the 14-years civil war in Liberia, the health system became increasingly fragile, and lack of roads and transportation made it difficult for pregnant women to receive necessary emergency care. This issue has created a strong need to strengthen midwifery in Liberia by allowing many other serious organisations to join the struggle. BUT, it is strong battle to fight to get an accreditation.

As a result, Liberia has one of the highest mortality rates in the world according to one of USAID articles in 2015. The story has not changed. However, the country is now trying to change that story through investment in midwifery programs but more needs to be done. Currently, 44 percent of Liberian women give birth without a skilled attendant, and nearly one out of 138 mothers die from preventable causes during childbirth. Such issues could be avoided with basic training or strengthened midwifery programs in Liberia according to WHO.

There are 6 midwifery schools in Liberia, half of which are in rural areas, and less than 200 midwives for over four million people. Most of these midwives work in urban areas. Strengthening programs and allowing more programs to operate, especially in the rural area will definitely will improve access to quality care for women around the country.

Liberia Dujar University College is still awaiting an accreditation to join the schools operating the midwifery programs in Liberia. We have worried, we have had meetings with some well-known people but to no avail.

But here is one thing I learned: Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but does not get you anywhere. So why worry?

Nursing Textbooks to Dujar University College

Mr. Philip Davis, the 1st Dean of the Lois B. Hemgren School of Health Sciences, has gifted a consignment of over 100 textbooks on nursing and midwifery to Liberia Dujar University College from the United States of America, where he is currently studying for his doctorate degree in nursing administration.

The books were packed in a barrel and shipped to Liberia in the care of the President, Rev. Nathan F. Mahteh, Sr. The books have been logged and placed in the library.

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The college owes so much gratitude to its former Dean, and our appreciation is being conveyed to Mr. Davis by the President of the College. We will use this opportunity to request Mr. Davis to gather, especially, midwifery books for our upcoming midwifery program.

By: Tanneh-Bartee Seneh
Dean of Administration
Liberia Dujar University College

Swedish Government Approves US$212m for Liberia

MONROVIA, June 2 (LINA) -The Swedish Government has approved and adopted Sweden's new development cooperation strategy in Liberia from 2021 to 2025.
According to Swedish Ambassador Ingrid Wetterqvist, the new strategy is valued at an estimated US$212 million which is a 40 per cent increment from the previous strategy.

Ambassador Wetterqvist made the disclosure Wednesday at the National Conference on the Environment and Climate Change held at the Ministerial Complex in Congo Town outside Monrovia.

She noted that one of the key pillars of the new strategy is the environment, climate and sustainable use of natural resources which are in line with the Sustainable Development Goals 13, 14 and 15. She pointed out that with this new pillar, the Swedish Government will support climate-smart agriculture to improve food security, enhance agricultural productivity including improved land-use practices as well as support agricultural inputs.

"We will also support building community's resilience through climate change mitigation and adaptation, conduct environment, climate change and biodiversity scoping study to understand gaps in the embassy’s strategic engagement," Ambassador Wetterqvist added.

Meanwhile, British Ambassador Neil Bradley said developed countries have a responsibility to lead on climate action, but everyone, especially major economies must play their part. Ambassador Bradley stated that developed nations should imagine what it is like for communities on the frontline of climate change, struggling to deal with a crisis they did next to nothing to create.

He stressed that developed countries invest trillions overnight to address the COVID-19 pandemic, whilst ‘the US$100 billion a year that we have promised to support developing countries to respond to the climate crisis remains uncertain.

He disclosed that the United Kingdom is playing its part, “doubling our international climate finance to 11.6 billion pounds over five years.” Ambassador Bradley maintained that as donor countries, “we must all keep our obligation and deliver on that US$100 billion for without adequate finance the task ahead is near impossible.

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