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BRAC leads anti-poverty effort in post-conflict countries (PRESS RELEASE)

NEW YORK, July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — BRAC is leading a $15 million initiative to rebuild war-torn communities in West Africa, four organizations supporting the effort announced today.

The Soros Economic Development Fund, Open Society Initiative for West Africa, Omidyar Network, and Humanity United are funding this groundbreaking initiative to support families and prevent renewed conflict.

“This investment in the people of West Africa comes at a critical time,” said Stewart Paperin, president of the Soros Economic Development Fund. “With their countries emerging from devastating civil wars, this support gives people the tools to rebuild.”

BRAC, one of the world’s largest anti-poverty groups, is providing microfinance, health, and agricultural support in Sierra Leone and Liberia. It anticipates that over 500,000 people will benefit from these programs.

“In the face of overwhelming need, BRAC’s work has real potential to create opportunities for hundreds of thousands of families to stabilize their lives and build for the future,” said Matt Bannick, managing partner of Omidyar Network. “Our investment will help catalyze this economic and social impact.”

Since March, BRAC has opened 20 new microfinance branches in Sierra Leone and Liberia and will add 20 more by the end of the year. BRAC made its first loans in June. Over the next two years, it will provide financial services to tens of thousands of women, as well as agricultural supplies and training to small crop and livestock farmers. BRAC will also prepare four hundred community based health volunteers to provide ongoing essential healthcare and help fight deadly diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, and cholera.

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Jul 31, 2008

BOAKAI LAUNCHES DEMOGRAPHIC AND HEALTH SURVEY
The Government of Liberia and its development partners have formally launched the 2007 Liberia Demographic and Health Survey (LDHS).

Vice President. Joseph Boakai. Wednesday, launched the report in the auditorium of the University of Liberia.

The survey was conducted in 2007 by the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-information Services (LISGIS), Ministry of Health and the National Aids Control Program.

According to a LISGIS release, the LDHS 2007 report highlighted the current trend of the total fertility, child mortality and maternal rates and the current prevalence level of HIV/Aids in Liberia.

The project was funded by the Government of Liberia, in collaboration with USAID, UNFPA, UNICEF and UNDP.
Liberia Broadcasting System, ©2007

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