Liberia was devastated by two bloody civil wars in 14 years (1989-1996 and 1999-2003), which decimated the lives of around 400,000 people. The country was practically destroyed.
Saint Joseph´s Catholic Hospital was one of the few health facilities who remained opened, and the only hospital in active during those years.
Nowadays, 80% Liberians are unemployed, more than 30,000 children are orphans and there are more than 100,000 child soldiers and ex-combatants who are desperately in need of education, rehabilitation and psychological counseling.
In a total population of just over 3.8 million people, the illiteracy rate of Liberia is at a high 85% due to the consequences of the war, with more than half of the nation’s 1.6 million children, mostly between the ages of 3-18, out of school. The total number of schools in Liberia before the civil war stood at 2,400, out of which around 80% was destroyed. From these alarming statistics, it is clear that Liberia’s social, economic, political, cultural, and educational institutions were severely destroyed during the civil war and are now in need of urgent rebuilding, repairs or improvements in order to promote a better quality of life for the Liberian people.
Liberia’s health infrastructure was severely damaged during the long civil war. Infrastructure was ruined and qualified staff, doctors and nurses, run away to more stable countries. Furthermore, during the war very few professionals were trained. Nowadays, only about 45% of the population has access to essential health services. The entire population is at risk for malaria, and tuberculosis and incidence of HIV/AIDS is very high.
|Population Monrovia (2009)||882,000|
|Population under 25||61,7%|
|Population growth rate (Est.)||2.6%|
|Birth rate||36.45 / 1,000|
|Death rate||10.36 / 1,000|
|Maternal mortality rate||770 / 100,000 live births|
|Child mortality rate||72.71 / 1,000 live births|
|Total fertility rate||5.02 children / woman|
|Health expenditure (2009)||3.09% of GDP|
|Physicians density||0.014 physicians / 1,000|
|Hospital beds density||0.7 beds / 1,000|
Social and Health updated facts
Why donate to Saint Joseph´s Catholic Hospital?
As you can see, the situation of the country is dramatic, and this is very perceptible in Monrovia´s outskirts, where thousands of people arrived to evacuees camps seeking the protection of UN forces.
In this context, Saint Joseph´s Catholic Hospital is a vital part of the Liberian health system and a referral facility in the country and specially in Monrovia. SJCH runs as a general hospital, and develops different programs of the Ministery of Health and Social Welfare on malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, as well as mother and child education and feeding among the most needy.
We are an educational hospital as well, offering training courses to professionals from other centers and students and collaborating with the University whith our internship program.
Most of international organizations turn to SJCH to get health stats, since our administrative and data registration system is accurate.
The Saint Joseph´s Catholic Hospital is the only one in the country with these characteristics, and that´s why is a vital pillar for Liberian people´s health and for the improvement of the health system.
The Out-Patient Department attends to 200 people every day, most of them children under 5 with acute conditions: anaemia, malnutrition, parasitism, pneumony, diarrhoea, malaria…
The New Kru Town Health Center, under management of Saint Joseph´s Catholic Hospital, attends to 250 people every day, mainly children as well, in one of the most damaged areas of Monrovia.
Many patients suffer from malnutrition and lack of hygienic care. The Hospital serves three meals a day to every admitted patient, and distributes non-perishable food to the most needy groups.
Lack of drinkable water in town is solved by the use of two wells in the Hospital compound, but the pumps need electricity to run and power is only obtainable by fuel generators. The cost of the fuel force us to use the pumps just some hours every day. This is an acute problem for the Hospital, which spends a big part of its budget in fuel to keep the generators in use for surgery and cesarean sections.
In the last 15 years, the Saint Joseph´s Catholic Hospital was significantly affected by the deterioration of its premises, the lack of medicines, the costs of fuel and food, and the lack of qualified professionals. We have been financially supported mainly by the Spanish Castillan Province of the Order of Saint John of God, but the crisis in Spain is hitting hard and we are in need to seek for more financial support and donations from NGOs and individuals to keep our doors open and help the Liberian people to rebuild their country.