By Alloycious David
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) on Monday, December 4, 2017 dedicated skills laboratory facilities at six midwifery and medical laboratory pre-service institutions.
The facilities are intended to increase the quality of instructions at the paramedical schools.
The skills laboratory facilities included computer labs and two simulations facilities for students to practice skills in a supported experiential learning environment to importantly enable the development of student’s competency and confidence in delivering quality health care.
Beneficiaries of the skills laboratories include TNIMA, Winifred J. Harley College of Health Sciences of the United Methodist University and Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences of Stella Maries.
Others are Esther Bacon School of Nursing and Midwifery in Zorzor, Lofa County; Phebe Paramedical Training Program of Phebe Hospital in Bong County and Deanna K. Isaacson School of Midwifery formally the Midwifery Training Program for the Southeastern Region located in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.
Monday’s dedication of the USAID-MCSP’s skills laboratory facilities took place on the grounds of the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA) in Sinkor.
The USAID-MCSP is supporting the government of Liberia’s commitment to strengthen Liberia’s health workforce through the new MCSP/ Human Resources for Health (HRH) project.
The project focused on strengthening pre-service education for registered midwives and medical laboratory technicians in targeted institutions throughout the country.
USAID Country Mission Director Dr. Anthony S. Chan said the donation of the skills laboratory equipment and supplies demonstrates USAID’s commitment to support the Ministry of Health.
He disclosed that the program is a result of a global USAID cooperative agreement to introduce and support high-impact health interventions in 24 priority countries with the ultimate goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths (EPCMD).
Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn lauded USAID for the donation and support to end maternal deaths in Liberia.
Dr. Dahn challenged medical students who are the direct beneficiaries to take advantage of the opportunity being provided by USAID- MCSP, because according to her, they never had the opportunity to practice in a laboratory.
She called on paramedical students to be focused and professional if they must effect the change in maternal deaths in the country.
JFK Administrator, Dr. Wyannie Scott lauded USAID- MCSP for the provision of the skills laboratory and said it wouldn’t be used only by students but nurses and midwives as well.
Sarah Kollie, TNIMA’s Director also thanked the American development agency for its endless support to the institution.
She promised that the facility would be used to strengthen the learning environment at the institution.
The dedication ceremony attracted students of TNIMA and some stakeholders in the health sector.