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J1044N Healthier Communities (Liberia).

Liberia, Africa

Project Description

Refuge Place International (RPI) is a Liberian NGO that was established to address the high rate of maternal, neonatal and child deaths in Liberia. Since opening in 2014 in the urban slum Chicken Soup Factory on the outskirts of Monrovia, RPI has been transforming health outcomes for the poor.

Refuge Place International believes in the value and the potential of the poor and the right of all Liberians to a healthy and productive life.  Our five core values are: Empowerment of the poor, Compassion, Accountability, Transparency, and Partnership.

What we do:

  • We provide low-cost or free primary care, maternal care, laboratory testing, vaccination, pharmacy, and eye screening services at two health clinics
  • We empower the poor to contribute to the provision of high quality health care in their communities
  • We treat all patients with dignity and respect. Our services are high quality, affordable and accessible to all because we believe in the right to health
  • We ensure we reach the most vulnerable. We track all households in our catchment area and our Community Health Workers visit patients in their homes
  • We build new clinics at a low cost by engaging and working in partnership with communities. Women are engaged in all RPI activities, including community consultations and project implementation. Community buy-in and commitment to RPI fosters a strong sense of community ownership and contributes to sustainability

We are a Liberian-led organization, supported by international partners including the United States Embassy.

Our approach is achieving remarkable results. RPI has achieved a drastic improvement in maternal and child outcomes. In a country with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world we have had no maternal deaths at RPI from over 1,400 successful births. Our second clinic, in rural Montserrado County, was opened in October 2019 and two more clinics are under construction.

Project J1044N Healthier Communities (Liberia) will support the work of Refuge Place International to provide free health care for the most vulnerable members of the poor communities where we work. Funds for this project will also be used for hand pumps for clean water and for toilets to reduce the incidence of water-borne diseases and improve sanitation among our patient population.

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