Global Health Leadership Institute Fellow with Liberian Ministry of Health and Montserrado and Margibi County Health Teams

Monrovia
Liberia
2011
Internship

 

I spent my summer as a Yale Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI) Fellow in Monrovia, Liberia. I worked with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) as well as the Montserrado and Margibi County Health Teams on a project in maternal health. During my time in Liberia, I spent the majority in Monrovia, where I worked with the Montserrado County Health Team. During my first week, I traveled to Bong County, where I visited Africare’s pilot maternity waiting homes program in the rural areas of Yila and Zebay. I worked with a reproductive health specialist from the MOHSW in evaluating the program. We spoke with the Africare program coordinators, clinic staff, and pregnant women staying in the maternity waiting homes. When I traveled back to Monrovia, I prepared a program evaluation of the Africare project. I presented my evaluation to the Montserrado County Health Team and Merlin, their NGO partner. Because of this work, the county health team began to develop a baseline questionnaire for monitoring and evaluation of maternity waiting homes.

Additionally, I traveled with the Montserrado County Health Team to different areas of Montserrado where the project would take place, including St. Paul, Careysburg, and Todee districts. We met with town chiefs and traditional midwives to discuss the program, and its importance. My time in Monrovia allowed me to cement my interest both in reproductive health, and conflict-afflicted and post-conflict areas. I plan to return to Liberia to help with this project next summer. More broadly, I plan to travel to epicenters of conflict to look into issues of sexual health.