The lack of skilled health workers is a key challenge in Liberia, mainly in rural areas. The McCall MacBain Foundation have been in contact with the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the international NGO, Merlin to reconstruct a midwifery school in the south of the country that has been destroyed during the war. First 45 students from the South East region started their training on 1 December 2008.
The project will cover the following:
- Recruitment/placement of faculty members and the management staff by September/October 2008;
- Rehabilitation and equipping of the temporary training site, following the accreditation standards, by December 08 so that to be ready to commence classes by January 09;
- First intake of 40 students in January 2009, followed by 2nd intake in January 2010, (totaling 80 students by January 2010);
- In April 2010, Merlin invites an external consultant to evaluate the training program with a focus on handover process from Merlin to MoH&SW (the consultant TOR will be agreed upon by Merlin, MoH&SW and Donor for joint assessment)
- In August 2010, Merlin handover the program completely to MoH&SW based on recommendation of joint assessment;
- First batch of 40 students (CMs) graduate in June 2011 and will be deployed within the south-east to assist the respective communities after their graduation, which falls beyond the current program mandate;
- Construction of the permanent school site is expected to start March 2009 and to be completed by March 2010.
Partners: McCall MacBain Foundation
Implementing Partners: Merlin-Liberia, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
Focus Areas: Capacity Building, Health, Education, Gender / Women's Rights
Locations: 2008/08/02, Grand Gedeh