The Carter Center, MAP International, and the Liberian Ministry of Health have formed a new partnership to combat a growing mental health crisis in Liberia.
MAP International, is joining with The Carter Center, to provide neuropsychiatric medicines and supplies to the Liberian Ministry of Health. These medications will be distributed to hospitals, health centers, and clinics (public and private) throughout Liberia, where there are trained health care workers, including mental health clinicians.
The first shipment of medicine left MAP International’s Global Medicines Distribution Center February 22, arrived in Liberia February 25 and is being processed for distribution by the Ministry of Health.
“Access to neuropsychiatric medication is a step in the efforts to bolster mental wellness in Liberians. We are grateful that this partnership with MAP International complements our work with the Liberian Ministry of Health to reduce suffering and increase the quality of life for those living with mental illnesses in Liberia,” said Carter Center CEO Mary Ann Peters.
A decade of civil conflict and the outbreak of Ebola have created a mental health crisis in Liberia that has been intensified by misconceptions, stigma, and the resulting discrimination surrounding mental illnesses.
Working with the Liberian government and partners, The Carter Center has helped to create a corps of over 230 locally trained and credentialed mental health clinicians now serving all 15 counties in the country. (Photo Courtesy: The Carter Center)
The Ebola outbreak in 2014 exacerbated mental health problems and exposed the impacts of the shortage of mental health care trained professionals and inadequate supplies of essential neuropsychiatric medications. The Carter Center has supported the Liberian government to strengthen the mental health system and respond to the intermediate psychosocial impact of the Ebola outbreak.
Dr. Francis Kateh, deputy minister of health, chief medical officer, and acting minister of health in Liberia, said: “The integration of mental health care services into the primary health care system is vital to Liberia’s future development and overall prosperity. Due to the mental health impacts of Liberia’s civil unrest, mental health service provision at the primary level is essential in fulfillment of the essential package of health services provided by the government.
People with mental health conditions may have trouble managing everyday life tasks at school, work, or maintaining relationships. The medicine donated by MAP International through The Carter Center is highly appreciated, and it will go a long way in helping clients suffering from bipolar disorders and epilepsy. One of the major challenges of providing care for those people is the lack of essential neuropsychiatric medications.”
The two Georgia-based organizations also teamed up in 2001 to work in partnership on the eradication of Guinea worm in Cote’ d’Ivoire. MAP International served as an implementing partner for The Carter Center.
“This represents a critical extension of our mission,” said MAP International President Steve Stirling. “We work best in partnership with others. The programs being carried out by the Ministry and the Carter Center will have a much greater impact for the people of Liberia because of MAP’s participation,” Mr. Stirling said.
Since 2010, building on nearly two decades of fostering peace and democracy in Liberia, the Carter Center's Mental Health Program has worked to help create a sustainable mental health system in Liberia. The initiative has focused on training a mental health workforce, supporting the passage of a national mental health law, assisting Liberia's Ministry of Health in implementing the national mental health policy and plan, reducing stigma, and empowering family caregivers.
Since 1954, MAP International has provided life-changing medicines and health supplies to people living in poverty.
In 2017, MAP served 14.3 million people by providing medicines and health supplies for more than 10.8 million people serving 3.5 million through community health and development services in Africa and Latin America. MAP is recognized for its efficiency by charity evaluators each year receiving the highest ratings from the Better Business Bureau, Charity Navigator, and Forbes magazine.
ATLANTA (December 18, 2017) - Forbes Magazine recently released its annual review of the 100 largest U.S. charities. Georgia-based MAP International now ranks as the 21st largest charity in the United States, surpassing $600 million in revenue for the first time since the organization was founded in 1954.
In the Forbes ranking, MAP earned a perfect score of 100 percent in fundraising efficiency (percent of private donations remaining after fundraising expenses) and a 100 percent rating for its charitable commitment (charitable services as a percent of total expenses).
The rankings, which are based on MAP International’s 2016 results show MAP delivered on its mission of providing life-changing medicines and health supplies to people in need, providing $485 million in medicines, provided over $6.6 million in disaster relief and served nearly 13 million people in 102 countries.
MAP is finalizing its 2017 results and will again exceed the $600 million mark. This ranking by Forbes follows other high marks the organization has received from Charity Navigator and Good Housekeeping.
MAP received a perfect ‘100’, 4-star rating by Charity Navigator for the fifth year in a row. MAP is one of three non-profits in Georgia and 58 charities in the United States who received a perfect 100 score from Charity Navigator on both financial performance and accountability.
ATLANTA - (Nov. 21, 2017) – The City of Atlanta recently presented MAP International’s CEO Steve Stirling with a $100,000 check for Hurricane Maria relief efforts. These funds are being used to help an estimated 132,000 people in Puerto Rico and 63,000 people in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where there is an ongoing need for medicines and health supplies.
With this donation, MAP International can provide victims with necessities such as antibiotics and personal hygiene items like soap and toothpaste. An estimated value of all shipments and supplies sent to these areas is $3.1 million.
“We are so grateful to Mayor Kasim Reed and the City of Atlanta for their generous donation. This will help so many people who were affected by Hurricane Maria,” said Stirling. “The donation will allow MAP International to send millions of dollars in medicines and supplies to people in dangerous living conditions, as we are continuously working with our partners on the ground on the island.”
The medical and health supplies sent are helping hospitals, clinics and mobile clinics in both Puerto Rico and in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Hospitals such as the Schneider Regional Medical Center on St. Thomas and Juan Luis Hospital on St. Croix have been able to treat and support more patients due to the supplies sent by MAP International. Some of the medical supplies the organization has been able to provide are antibiotics, bronchodilators, hypertension medicines, analgesic medicine, antiseptic wipes, soap and other preventative measures.
Earlier this month, MAP’s Disaster Response Team visited the islands to evaluate what supplies were still needed and where they were needed the most. After assessing the devastation, MAP planned for additional shipments to be sent to Puerto Rico as quickly as possible. Some key partnerships that have made it possible for MAP to be effective in expanding its efforts include AirLink, Convoy of Hope, Food For The Poor, Global Rescue Relief and Resilience, International Relief Teams, LIG Global Foundation and Project Hope.
MAP International remains committed in its cause to saving lives and improving the health of people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additional supplies will continue to be an ongoing effort as needs on the islands are identified.