The health systems in Liberia are some of the worst worldwide. Hundreds of children and families die from malaria and other diseases daily. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “42% of inpatient deaths are attributable to malaria.” With major issues such as lack of clinics, few medical doctors and inadequately trained medical professionals, outdated medical technology and medicine, and poor hospital conditions adversely affecting the majority of citizens in the country.
Due to the lack of healthcare resources, many children and pregnant women don’t have access to hospitals and even less to treatment and medical personnel throughout the country. This explains the elevated mortality rates of infants and mothers—placing them among the highest in the world. Because of the lack of information and means of protection – contraception, medicine to prevent disease transmission from mother to children, close to 1% of the population is carrying the HIV/AIDS virus, of which 6,000 are children. The number of children affected by tuberculosis or malaria is equally disturbing and does not seem to be diminishing.