Along with the Saint Joseph´s Catholic Hospital, the Brothers of Saint John of God manage a Health Center in New Kru Town, one of the most disadvantaged areas in Monrovia.
Water is pumped from wells and electricity is obtained from fuel generators, which can be few hours on operation due to the high prices of fuel and lack of resources. This gives an idea of the hard conditions in which our work is done.
The Center helps close to 20,000 patients every year, and gives support to a population of 200,000 inhabitants. Most of the attendees are children under 5 with severe conditions (anaemia, malnutrition, diarrhea, parasitism, pneumonia, malaria…). We develop programs on child vaccination, control and vaccination of pregnant women, prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission and health education, as well as the attention provided by the “Stop Fistula” program.
One of the projects for this Health Center is to open a delivery room, but financial support is needed.
The New Kru Town Health Center was opened in 1972. It was demolished in 2009 to be rebuilt with funds from the Spanish and Basque Governments and the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God, specially from the Saint John of God Hospital in Santurtzi (Basque Country, Spain), which has developed a high degree of commitment in supporting of this Center.
Our center has three consulting rooms, a short-stay or observation unit, a laboratory, a dispensary, and a maternal child health unit.