AHA Programmes (2004 – Present)
- Capacity Development
- Health care
- Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
Protection and Assistance
In accordance with its beginnings, AHA continues to provide lifesaving health services to returnees, resettling IDPs, ex-combatants and resident communities in the counties of Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and Bomi. In all three areas the population figures continue to rise as Liberians return home to their localities.
Large population movements and resettlement often pose an increased risk to public health, especially to those who are vulnerable. Thus, AHA works tirelessly to provide a wide range of primary healthcare services to more than 450,000 people at 34 health facilities throughout the country. These services are especially designed to support the most vulnerable people within society. AHA aims to improve access to health services for all, with special emphasis on improving reproductive health and combating major public health threats such as HIV/AIDS. In doing so, we also seek to reduce excessive mortality and morbidity rates, by working to prevent the diseases which are the most common killers.
Our 2007 achievements include: providing 63% of all available health service coverage; delivering 247,965 medical consultations; raising Ante Natal Care attendance to 68%; ensuring 84% of births were attended by skilled personnel; raising the contraceptive prevalence rate to an average of 18.8%; treating 16,091 cases of Sexually Transmitted infection; maintaining an above 60% child vaccination rate; and providing 90% of all health facilities with trained mid-wives.
HIV/AIDS remains a health crisis in Liberia. In response to that, AHA put in place a breadth of measures aimed at promoting safer sexual behaviour, eliminating misconceptions, reducing stigma and discrimination and strengthening the provision of support given to infected/affected populations. We run two voluntary counselling and testing centres – at Singe and at Bopolu, and have distributed more than 130,000 condoms throughout the communities in which we work while simultaneously supporting and developing the capacities of numerous community and volunteer HIV/AIDS prevention groups in the process. Prevention is of utmost importance in combating the prevalence of the disease. Therefore, we operate extensive awareness campaigns, reaching out to about 90,000 community members.
In response to the disquieting increase in the reported number of instances of sexual and gender-based violence in recent years, AHA continues to work to bring to mainstream attention the issue throughout all its programme areas. Mass community awareness campaigns have been conducted, along with those on reproductive health and HIV/AIDS, and the appropriate training given to our staff. Reported cases are carefully managed and the necessary support and follow up provided to survivors.
Repatriation Health Team:
With tens of thousands of returnees in the region, AHA’s repatriation health team was created in 2006. Since then, this team has worked to ensure that the health conditions of returnees are not undermined by the repatriation process and to ensure a continuation of basic health services is available during the initial stages of re-integration. Services include curative and preventative health care, along with an ambulance to safely escort moving populations from their point of entry in the country to the transit centre or their drop off point.
Water, Sanitation and the Environment:
Our health interventions are supported by a number of complimentary activities such as ensuring access to safe water and sanitation facilities, promoting good personal and environmental hygiene, and facilitating efficient supply lines.
Our work in Liberia aims to develop effective and long lasting health structures, building on the capacities within a community to empower people to impact positive change. We run an ongoing training and education programme, equipping staff, volunteers and community members with the necessary knowledge and skills to continue to develop sustainable solutions.
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