The New Community Clinic in Monrovia, Liberia, doesn’t back down from a challenge – even when the odds seem stacked against it.
Frustration mounts from a lack of upward opportunity in the country. Severe poverty is the norm and high unemployment rates force many to live in the slums. That’s where nurse Denise Maxwell began her ministry in 2007, following God’s calling to serve the underserved.
Today, her clinic has grown to 30 staff members and recently completed a large building addition. The clinic assists the health-care needs of about 1,000 patients per month.
Maxwell and her staff have a heart for humanity. When the Ebola crisis of 2014 ravaged Liberia and several other western African countries, the New Community Clinic stayed true to its commitment of offering quality health care by remaining open in the face of danger.
Nurse Denise Maxwell is a person of perseverance. Despite putting her personal safety at risk, she has continued her faithful service to the needy. Raised in an Islamic family, she is a Christian convert and lives her life to have an impact in God’s kingdom. Even during dangerous times, like the recent Ebola crisis, Maxwell knew the importance of keeping the New Community Clinic open to serve those in the most trying of circumstances.
Population: 4.2 million
Size: 111,369 sq. km, or slightly larger than Tennessee.
Borders: Atlantic Ocean to the west and south; Sierra Leone to the northwest; Guinea to the north; Côte D’Ivoire to the east.
Religious groups: Christian, 85.6%; Muslim, 12.2%
Primary language: English
Literacy (age 15+): 47.6%
Physician density: 0.01 doctors per 1,000 people.
Population below international poverty line: 63.8%
Life expectancy: 58.6 years
Infant mortality rate: 67.5 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Major exports: Rubber, timber, iron, diamonds, cocoa, coffee.
Climate: Tropical; hot, humid; dry winters with hot days and cool nights; cloudy summers with frequent heavy showers.
Terrain: Mostly flat to rolling coastal plains rising to rolling plateau and low mountains in the northeast.