Liberia

Total population: 3,887,886 (July 2011 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP): $400 (2011 est.)

Total expenditure on health per capita (Intl $, 2009): $53

In-country partner #1: Ganta United Methodist Hospital (Mr Victor Doolakeh Taryor, Sr. Nora Q. Keah, Sr. Josephine Gbayeah & colleagues)

Liberia sits on the tip of West Africa, bordered by Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. From 1822 it was used by the US for the settlement of freed slaves and is one of the few African nations where English is the official language. Boasting Africa’s first female president, democratically elected in 2006, Liberia is in the process of rebuilding socially and economically following two decades of civil war.

Life for a Child support

Commenced 2011

LFAC is supporting 30 children and youth with diabetes at the Diabetes Unit of Ganta United Methodist Hospital (GUMH), located in the north-east of the country. Insulin, education materials, visual test strips, and 3,000 syringes (supplied by Insulin for Life) have already been sent in.

In-Country Partner #2: James N. David Junior Memorial Hospital and Redemption Hospital, Monrovia

International Supporters: International Rescue Committee (IRC), Liberia (Mr Wilson Wang and colleagues)

Website: http://www.rescue.org/where/liberia

Life for a Child Support

Commenced 2012

IRC is an internationally recognised NGO which has been working in Liberia for many years, supporting local health facilities and hospitals and operating the largest pediatric facility in the capital Monrovia. The average salary in Liberia is US $1/day - insulin costs at least US $30/month, with additional costs for syringes and blood glucose monitoring equipment. Liberia does not yet have specialist services devoted to outpatient treatment of diabetes, and there is no local/national diabetes Association. LFAC is supporting 20 children and youth aged 6-16 years who receive care at JDJ & Redemption Hospitals – insulin was provided via Ganta in April, and another delivery of insulin has just been shipped. Meters, strips and lancets are expected to arrive in August/September 2012.