Help Save Children in Liberia

Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world where only a small minority of families have clean water or sanitation. The country is in ruins after years of civil war. Child mortality is horribly high — every hour, two children die. And with the Ebola outbreak things got even worse.

The Challenges for Children in Liberia

Living in poverty, without access to quality healthcare or education, children in Liberia need your help.*

  • 54% of people live in poverty
  • 1 child in 13 dies before their 5th birthday - 11 times that of the United States
  • 32% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
  • 50% of school-age children are out of school
  • 21% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 14% of girls age 15-19 are married
  • 1 in 8 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
  • 67% of girls age 15 and older struggle to read or write
Map of Liberia

Our Work for Children in Liberia

Save the Children's decades of experience have given us a stronghold to help in Liberia's recent fight against Ebola. Today, we continue to identify, triage, test and refer patients to our Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) through our two Community Care Centers. The ETUs we constructed, which are now managed by International Medical Corps (IMC), treat patients in isolation wards and provide expert medical care and treatment.

We continue to train community health workers and midwives on infection prevention and contact tracing; provide health care facilities with urgently needed medical supplies; set up hand-washing stations at health facilities; and supply food and water to Ebola patients. We have also rehabilitated and supplied transit centers for children, helped identify foster families to care for children who have been orphaned by the virus, and distributed education kits to households and quarantined children.

  • Provided 654 children with a healthy start in life

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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