Hogan Lovells Success in Supporting Liberian Health Initiatives
28 November 2012
LONDON, 28 November 2012 - Hogan Lovells has collaborated with charity Action Against Hunger and the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, as part of its pro bono and charitable giving (Touch) programmes, on their Monrovia Food Security and Nutrition Project.
Action Against Hunger/ ACF International, an international humanitarian organization committed to ending child hunger, was selected in 2011 as Hogan Lovells' global charitable partner until December 2013. The firms fundraising efforts and donations have been used to help run a therapeutic feeding unit and outpatient treatments and prevention work in Monrovia, Liberia.
The achievements of the project, which ran from January 2011 until April 2012, have been significant:
- 245 households were trained to grow vegetables in homestead gardens and on essential nutrition actions
- 239 homestead gardens were established, of which 87% produced five crops
- 21.8% of households now access vegetables which they have grown themselves
- 500 people participated in awareness raising events on gardening, essential nutrition actions and care practices at health facilities
- 4,769 caretakers received nutrition education on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding, complementary feeding, eating a balanced diet, and nutritional care for sick and healthy children
- 100 community health volunteers were trained on the delivery of health treatments
- The number of households eating three meals per day increased from 8.2% to 23.5% over the project period
- The percentage of children aged 6-24 months fed three times per day increased from 22% to 50% over the project period.
Commenting on the project Hogan Lovells Community Affairs Officer Lynne Peabody said:
"The work done by ACF is incredibly important. We visited the hospital and in-patient facility for children suffering from malnutrition earlier this year and it was inspiring to see the innovative and efficient ways in which they go about their mission, and the success they’re having. Seeing this really brought home the importance of Hogan Lovells' support of these charity and pro bono initiatives."
Hogan Lovells is also working in a pro bono capacity with the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to draft legislation on public health within the country.