PLAN INTERNATIONAL IN LIBERIA

Plan International works to help poor children access their rights to education, health and protection in Liberia.

CHALLENGES

Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world with nearly half the population living in extreme poverty.
  • More than three-quarters of the population are living in poverty.
  • More than two in three women cannot read or write.
  • Children suffering from chronic malnutrition: more than 42%.
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A boy learns in a school supported by Plan International.
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Nancy shows off her birth certificate.
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Girls learn about Ebola, and ways to prevent it from spreading.

How we're helping

It can be a question of survival for Liberia's children - child mortality rates are really high. We're making sure traditional birth assistants have the training, knowledge and equipment they need to deliver babies safely.

We're also training health workers how to record and register births and promote the importance of birth registration. A birth certificate is a proof of identity, helping children claim their basic rights and protect them against abuses such as child labour. Improving children's access to education is a priority. We've helped children return to learning as quickly as possible and are committed to supporting primary education for the long term. As girls often miss out, we're providing extra learning support to keep them in school.