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1 THE LOVE OF LIBERTY BROUGHT US HERE CASES FROM LIBERIA BEN CONSTANCE, MD

2 Liberia 1 USD = 72 LD

3 Early Tribes West migration in 12 th century AD 16 distinct ethnic groups 1461 Portuguese explorers found pepper 1602 Dutch trading post at Grand Cape Mount 1663 British trading post 180018501900195020002011

4 Slave trade 1800s – America grew intolerant of slave trade 1821 American Colonization Society developed Liberia for settlement of freed slaves 1847 Liberia declared an independent free nation 180018501900195020002011

5 Americo-Liberia Settlers Elite class Americo- Liberians ruled over the 95% indigenous majority Separate culture, lighter skin, Western culture 1878 True Whig Party rule until 1980 1912-1920 internal wars 180018501900195020002011 Joseph Roberts first president 1840-1850

6 Bloody Overthrow 1926 Firestone 100 year contract granted Foreign investors remove natural resources 1980 indigenous Liberians overthrow government and create Redemption Council Samuel K Doe executed president Tolbert and members of the cabinet 180018501900195020002011

7 Charles Taylor Tribes oppressed by Doe in the North Critical aid cut off Growing tensions 1990 a militia under Charles Taylor lead to full tribal warfare 180018501900195020002011

8 National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) Thousands of Gio and Mano tribal soldiers joined Taylor June 1990 invaded the capitol December 1990 Doe assassinated 180018501900195020002011

9 Civil War 1993 United Nations enters Liberia 1994 Peace agreement of Accra until 1996 Taylor “won” presidential elections of 1997 180018501900195020002011

10 Liberian United For Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) 1990s weapons & diamond trade with Sierra Leone 1999 LURD in the North April 2000 fighting starts 2002 LURD supported by Guinea and Sierra Leone 180018501900195020002011

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12 Women’s Movement and Ceasefire 2002 Women in Peace building Network (WIPNET) Joint Muslim and Christian “Mass Action for Peace” 2003 Women’s delegation to Ghana Peace achieved after 14 years of civil war 180018501900195020002011

13 Peace and Democracy Aug 2003 – 2 year transitional government formed Oct 2003 – UNMIL took over peacekeeping 2004 – 100,000 ex- combatants disarmed Oct 2005 – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf elected first female Liberian President 180018501900195020002011

14 Race for Presidency 2011 Sep 2011 referendum passed Elections slated for Nov 2011 Current race between UP and the CDC Tensions again high 180018501900195020002011

15 Health Statistics (WHO) world’s highest infant mortality rate 12.9% HIV prevalence rate among 15-25 y/o pregnant women Malaria prevalence rate of 56.9% and mortality rate of 14.1% Estimated only 40% TB cases diagnosed and treated

16 Health Statistics 31% immunization rate 30% all major hospitals reduced to clinics 70% all major hospitals closed 237 physicians pre-ward reduced to <50

17 HEARTT Health Education and Relief Through Training JFK teaching hospital in Monrovia Fee for service model Provision of healthcare, teaching, research & community outreach

18 Pathology

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20 JFK Medical Center Largest hospital Limited capacity “ED”, medicine, peds, general surgery, OB/GYN Fee-for-service model Children <5 free CBC, micro, UA, chemistry, basic XR One ultrasound

21 Emergency Department Medical & Surgical side Open 24/7 MD staffing 9 to 5 HEARTT, interns, PAs 26 medical beds Urine dip, Upreg, RBS Average LOS 3-5 days Written permission for photo use on file

22 Robertsport

23 Kendeja Beach Resort

24 Waterside Market

25 Liberian Crafts

26 Thinker’s Beach

27 Robertsport Surfing Competition

28 Liberian Art

29 My Birthday at Sajj House

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31 THANK YOU


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