The American Heart Association has been building a new partnership with the Liberian Community Association of Rhode Island and we were honored to have the opportunity to meet with officials from Liberia on recent trip the United States. Our discussion and information exchange focused on child nutrition. The presentation by our Liberian colleagues on the impact of malnutrition in Liberia and the interventions being utilized and developed was powerful. We learned a great deal about the challenges facing Liberia and its people – including lack of sanitation, infrastructure and agriculture (the country currently imports 90% of its food). But we also learned about the hope, dedication and perseverance of leaders like Helena Dagbe-Williams, Nutrition Supervisor, Liberian Ministry of Health, who are inspiring change. Many thanks to Mrs. Dagbe-Williams for taking the time to meet with us – and to Gabriel Duana, Vice President of the Liberian Community Association of Rhode Island for making this visit possible.
The Liberian Community Association of Rhode Island is a new member of our state coalition – The Alliance for a Healthier Rhode Island. We are working together to ensure that all children in Rhode Island have access to healthy foods, quality physical education and safe places to play and be active.
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Photo L to R: Megan Tucker, AHA Director of Government Relations; Helena Dagbe-Williams; Karin Wetherill, AHA Voices for Healthy Kids Consultant; Gabriel Duana.