Vice President Boakai Inducts into Office Miatta Fahnbulleh as Liberia’s Goodwill Ambassador For Maternal, Newborn and Child Health; 1 Million Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Mosquito Nets Launched

Tuesday, 16th October 2012

Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has named and inducted into Office, Madam Miatta Fahnbulleh as Liberia’s Goodwill Ambassador at the 5th Annual National Health and Social Welfare Review Conference convening at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville ,East of here.

In performing the ceremony, Vice President Boakai said, good judgment and diplomacy, good interpersonal skills, the ability to resolve conflicts and the ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds characterize the preferment of Goodwill Ambassador.

He went on to say that good advocacy and communication as well as motivational skills are crucial to the job of Goodwill Ambassador, according to a release issued by the Media Relations Department, Office of the Vice President.

The 5th Annual National Health and Social Welfare Review Conference is being held under the theme: Reducing Maternal and Newborn Mortality Through Increased Access to essential services.
 Presenting the overview of maternal and child health situation in Liberia earlier, the House Committee Chair on Health, Johnson Chea said trends in maternal mortality ratio and neonatal mortality rate stands at 770 as of 2011, which is amongst the highest in the world. Representative Chea review the objectives of the roadmap and status of the road map. He painted the overall picture of maternal and child health situation in Liberia as precarious and said the Government of Liberia and international partners must act now.

According to health Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale, Liberia committed itself to a United Nations resolution on a world Fit for Children when heads of State and Government and representatives of States, reaffirm their commitment to children and that he was calling on the people of Liberia and partners to renew this pledge made ten years ago by the United Nations General Assembly.
In her response to the conference, Liberia’s Goodwill Ambassador, Miatta Fahnbulleh said she will move to every County, village, school and market to discharge her duties and functions of a Goodwill Ambassador. She frowned on bureaucratic red tapes as impediment to a successful implementation of any program. She said the fact sheet reveals a very gloomy picture about the maternal mortality rate of 994 out of 100,000 births, new born mortality, 38 out of 1000 live births and infant mortality rate stands at 71 out of 1000 live births.

The fact sheet also shows that 4 women die in Liberia every day in pregnancy or child birth, meaning 120 women die every month and 15 infants die every day at child birth.
She said she will strive to champion the cause of mothers, infants, and children of Liberia.