What it is:
The goal of the Liberia Connect Project is to work through the United Methodist infrastructure in Liberia, Africa, to improve the health of women and children in 42 rural villages. This is being accomplished by supporting the work of the Camphor Clinic and its surrounding villages by training both Community Health Workers and Traditional Birthing Attendants (TBAs) who can then return to their villages to teach and support healthier lifestyles. Primary concerns are to obtain mosquito nets for every bed, wells, and latrines for each village.
The Trinity Connection:
There was a reduction of deaths from 37% to 7% due to the TBA training. Fathers are now involved in the birth of their children and they are naming them at birth instead of five years later.
UMCOR has taken Trinity's model for use in other countries where it may be used in conjunction with the Imagine No Malaria program and an inquiry for the program has come from Sierra Leone. Also, in Kenya, a nurse has taken the program and is teaching it there.
Because the program is sustainable locally, the teaching and practice goes on without further support. Around Camphor and John Dean Town, because of the organization of the TBA's and their continued training, they were able to use what they learned in the program and report NO cases of Ebola in or around these villages.