The Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has officially launched the Campaign for the Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Liberia (CAMML).
The nationwide campaign which gears to dramatically reduce women from dying while given birth was launched on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
According to the Ministry of Health Souvenir Program Booklet, Maternal Mortality in Liberia is one of the highest in Sub-Sahara Africa. The 2007 Demographic Health Survey (DHS) says 994 out of 100,000 mothers die at child birth.
The direct causes of maternal mortality include hemorrhage, obstructed labor, pre-eclampsia, peuperal sepsis, complications of abortion, amongst others, while the indirect causes of maternal deaths include malaria and anemia.
Dr. Saygbeh M. Vanyanbah, the County Health Officedr of Grand Bassa County, stated that reducing the rate of women from dying while giving birth was the government's way of re-echoing it commitment to maternal mortality reduction and to mobilize various institutions to support the process.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry also launched its 4th National Health Fair in Grand Bassa County, beginning Wednesday, December 01, 2010 and will end Friday, December, 2010.
The 2010 National Health Fair is intended to intensify public awareness on the health sector of Liberia.
The theme for the three-day health event was taken from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who asserted “The nation thrives when mothers survive; we strive to keep them alive.”
Given an overview of CARMMLL, Dr. Bernice T. Dahn, the Chief Medical Officer of Liberia stated that the objective of this year's health fair is to create maximum awareness for scaling up campaign on the Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Liberia (CAMML).
Dr. Dahn stated that the reduction of mothers dying giving birth is everyone business, including the county officials, chiefs, zoes, fathers to ensure that pregnant women goes to hospital.
The Liberia Chief Medical Officer urged every pregnant woman to go to the health centers or the hospital for an antenatal care (a treatment given to pregnant women before given birth) for the benefit of the expected mother and unborn child.
In observant of the World Aids Day, the Health Ministry, Merlin and Concern-Liberia Buchanan branch distributed male and female condoms among the youth and sensitizing the youths among the danger of HIV/AIDS and other Sexual Transmitted Infections (STIs).