Liberia: Americares Constructs Incinerator, Donates Ambulance to Grand Bassa Government Hospital

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GRAND BASSA — Prior to the construction of the new incinerator and placenta pit, the Liberia Government Hospital in Grand Bassa County, the Incinerator and Placenta Pit were outdated as need for new ones could not be overemphasized until the Americares stepped in to help.

In consultation with the Grand Bassa County Health team, Americares agreed to construct a modern incinerator and a placenta pit. The U.S.-based organization also donated to the Zondo Clinic and the Liberian Government Hospital in Grand Bassa County.

On Wednesday, March 3, the projects were turned over to the hospital through the Government of Liberia represented by the Deputy Health Minister Norwu Howard, Deputy Minister of Health.

Mr. Isaac Hne-Attogbe who managed the Buchanan project told journalists that, in 2020, Americares embarked on a project to procure an ambulance through its Strive to Thrive (STT) initiative. The Americares’ STT initiative supports partner health facilities across the globe through health system infrastructure improvements.

He also said, using the World Health Organization (WHO) health system building blocks, Americres led a needs assessment at Zondo Clinic to identify gaps, co-design a project and implement a project to fill the gaps identified. With the STT initiative, Americares is providing crucial support needed and identified during the gap analysis with keen sense of sustainability.

Following the initial assessment, Americares agreed with the County Health team to provide repair service to the Zondo Clinic’s Ambulance and pay salary of the ambulance’s driver. Over time, the ambulance was damaged prompting Americares to donate a brand-new ambulance to the Ministry of Health for use by the Grand Bassa County health team in the Zondo Clinic catchment area to provide referral and emergency transportation for patients.

The Grand Bassa County Health Team, Americares and the Ministry of Health signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the construction of an incinerator, placenta pit, and a waste holding building at the Government Hospital in Buchanan.

The project funded by Americares donor XYLEM Inc., supports the waste management infrastructure, provides WASH supplies and PPE to health care staff, and places IEC material to remind healthcare workers of proper waste removal protocol throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Americares is an emergency response and global health organization committed to saving lives and building healthier future for people around the World. It is also a nonprofit Organization that delivers donated medicine and medical supplies around the World with direct support to the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Health with specific focus on Grand Bassa and Montserrado Counties.

In the past four years, they have delivered donated drugs and supplies valued at more than six Million four hundred thousand US dollars (US$ 6.4 Million) in Liberia. In 2017, Americares Foundation donated Medicines and Medical supplies through its access to medicine program worth US$ 4,301, 584.90 to over 30 health facilities in Montserrado and Grand Bassa counties.

In 2017, the Value of Americares donation was worth US $149,859.87 and was distributed to over 15 heath facilities in Montserrado and Grand Bassa Counties.

Through our gift-in-Kind, we have delivered those Medicines and Medical supplies to our health facility partners including the Liberia Government Hospital, John Logan Town Clinic and Zondo in Grand Bassa County who met the requirements to benefit from donations.

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