At our holiday fundraiser, the Giving Health Soiree, we announced that a long time friend and supporter would be joining the GBF team in 2012. Many of you have heard us mention reference Dr. Rhoda Peters from time to time as she was our first friend and partner in Bomi County when we launched our Maternal Care Packages project and adopted our first maternal ward. Two years later, she currently oversees all medical operations at the Liberian Government Hospital as Chief Medical Director. We adore and admire her not only because of her accomplishments, but also because of her work ethic and heartfelt commitment to mothers and children. On our trip to Liberia in Summer 2011, we had the opportunity to meet her newly adopted son (below). His young mother died in childbirth.
See her interview below and read more about Dr. Peters here.
“Three years ago, I was contacted by the G.B.Foundation to suggest ways in which they could help the Bomi County health team at which time I served as the County Health Officer. I then related to the Foundation that amongst our many needs maternal mortality reduction was the most crucial. As such we needed to increase our facility base delivery. We felt that the fastest way of doing that was to provide a mama-baby kit for each mother giving birth at our facility. The GB Foundation took interest in our strategy and provided an initial 60 starter kits for our mothers. That led to a significant increase in our facility base delivery. Since then the Foundation established a sub-office at our referral hospital and has continue to help the system.
We decided to collaborate with the GB Foundation so as to solicit support for our strategy since we did not have the financial capacity at the time.
I do like to join the G.B.F Advisory Panel because I have the passion for the health care needs for women and children. My greatest desire is to see that the health care needs of women and children are being restored to its pre-war status in Liberia. I believe that the G.B.Foundation has the same goal and I can become an important link in obtaining that goal Liberia. I am willing to contribute my time and resources to the goals and aspirations of the G.B.Foundation.”