Fourteen years of devastating civil war in Liberia ended in 2003, leaving infrastructure destroyed and the economy shattered. The country was only starting to recover when it was hit by Ebola in 2014. The needs are enormous, with 51 per cent of the population living below the national poverty line.
Around a quarter of the population does not have access to adequate healthcare, and health facilities are limited in the nutrition services they can provide.
Concern-supported Mothers’ Groups are an effective way for mothers to exchange advice on prenatal maternal health, breastfeeding, nutrition and hygiene in the home. Cookery demonstrations show them how to prepare nutritious meals and diversify diets with vegetables and locally available fruit. The groups also attempt to address ingrained gender inequalities and support women to access savings and loans, giving them some protection in emergencies and enabling them to start building a livelihood.
Photographer Nora Lorek travelled to Liberia and said: