Working on our non-profit status in Liberia
Since we touched ground, we’ve been working with the Ministry of Planning to officially register GBF as an international non-profit within Liberia. Our office space at The Liberian Government Hospital, opened during Gbomai’s last visit, was the last component we needed to establish to complete the process.
On Monday, we dropped off our articles of incorporation and bylaws at the ministry and now await to hear back from them regarding our official certificate. With this registration, GBF’s imported cargo will not be taxed by the Liberian government while we are working on our application for Firestone’s Cargo Donation program.
Introducing Dr. Mulbah
On Tuesday, we had the opportunity to touch base with, Dr. Mulbah, an advisor to our case study. It’s amazing to see how many hats Dr. Mulbah wears seamlessly. Not only is he a practicing obstetrician (we met him at his private clinic in Jacob’s town), but he also manages Liberia’s National Fistula Project, and is chairman of the department of OB/GYN at the University of Liberia. Dr. Mulbah, a proud Lofian, planned to join us in Kolahun last week but had an impromptu visitor from the UNFPA, who monitors the national project.
Dr. Mulbah shared that most fistula victims are between the ages of 11 to 20 years old. Fistula, a tearing from one canal to another, is common as a girl’s pelvic area is very small in this age bracket. Additionally, many of the younger women are giving birth to large babies. Dr. Peters has mentioned that the onesies in the MCPs should be bigger for exactly this reason – “African babies are a bit more plump.”
Dr. Mulbah also shared his perspective on early pregnancy and gave us a tour us his facility. This interview and others will be posted when Gbomai and I return to the U.S.