Many children in Liberia, sadly, do not survive to be as old as these kids.
In fact, Liberia’s infant mortality rates are among the world’s highest. According to UNICEF, more than 15% of children die before their first birthday.
MAF looks forward to helping organisations such as Save the Children to give babies a greater chance of survival.
Save the Children facilitates projects such as Kangaroo Mother Care – a simple initiative to promote skin-to-skin contact, improving newborns’ chances of survival in the absence of incubators.
The NGO works in 10 of Liberia’s 15 districts – many of their projects based in areas with challenging terrain.
Save the Children Operational Manager Sulaiman Sesay says, ‘One of the biggest challenges is getting around in the rainy season. When there’s a car blocking the road, you’re talking about one week stuck on that road. To have flight services would be extremely helpful.’