Merlin in Liberia: influx of refugees from Côte d'Ivoire puts added pressure on health services
The number of refugees from Côte d'Ivoire crossing the border to Liberia is growing steadily, adding to the country's struggle to recover from over a decade of civil war and rebuild its health services. The large number of refugees escaping violence in their home country are in need of food, shelter and emergency medical assistance.
Alliance member Merlin has been active in Liberia since 1997, assisting the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in renovating health facilities, supplying medicine and equipment and training and supervising health workers to strengthen the country's healthcare system. Merlin's communications officer Lotte Deckers Dowber has recently travelled to Liberia and reported on her blog about the critical situation facing the refugees.