Since 2008, strengthening Liberia’s health system and joining the fight against Ebola.
- During the Ebola epidemic, infection prevention and control practices were improved at over 200 facilitiesacross seven counties through provision of critical supplies, infrastructure improvements and training. As a result, facilities are now better prepared to respond to potential outbreaks, and Liberians are receiving high-quality services in safe environments.
- In the post-Ebola period, health services were restored in 77 health facilities across three counties. As a result, the number of health facility deliveries doubled to 4,967.
- Support to the Liberia Association of Medical Laboratory Technologists (LAMLT) led to improved quality and increased sustainability of lab services through the development of pre-service education quality improvement standards and LAMLT licensure and accreditation processes, for the first time ever in Liberia. These standards are now used in 100% of lab schools, improving the quality of laboratory pre-service education and producing a better equipped and fit-for-purpose medical laboratory technologist health workforce.
- After the introduction of low-dose, high-frequency learning for quality improvement of maternal and newborn care in five (50%) teaching hospitals affiliated with midwifery pre-service education institutions, the hospitals showed an average improvement of 40% in meeting Ministry of Health quality standards, subsequently doubling the number of facility deliveries in one year at these facilities.
Our Work in Liberia
This four-year project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, supports strengthening the Ministry of Health’s (MOH’s) systems to improve patient outcomes at primary health care facilities in 12 counties of Liberia. Jhpiego is doing this by providing sustainable capacity building and incentivizing better health systems performance through performance-based financing. The project’s three main objectives are to: 1) strengthen the management capacity of county health teams and select MOH units to drive health system performance improvement; 2) strengthen the quality of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and malaria primary health care services for improved health outcomes; and 3) increase financial risk protection and ensure the health sector is better financed. The Jhpiego-led consortium implementing this project includes Thinkwell, PricewaterhouseCoopers and BAO Systems.
The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Global Health’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) focuses on 25 high-priority countries with the ultimate goal of preventing child and maternal deaths. MCSP is introducing and supporting high-impact, sustainable reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) interventions in partnership with ministries of health and other partners. In addition to contributing to high-level technical and policy dialogue at the global level, MCSP provides tailored technical assistance to help countries meet specific priorities and contextual needs of local, sustainable RMNCH programs. For more information on what MCSP is doing in this country, visit here: http://www.mcsprogram.org/where-we-work/liberia/
With funding from the German Development Cooperation, Jhpiego is implementing a leadership development program for 75 health facility managers in the South-East (Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Maryland, River Gee and Sinoe counties). These managers are being provided with leadership and management tools and methods to identify challenges in their health facilities, develop effective plans with measurable results and implement activities to overturn those challenges. To promote greater gender equity in Liberia’s health system, the program prioritizes female managers and seeks to create a culture of quality and gender-sensitive leadership and management.
This multi-country project—funded by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance—targets several African countries. The overarching project goal is to support Ministries of Health with their national vaccination rollout, contributing to the elimination of cervical cancer in the targeted countries by achieving an equitable coverage rate of at least 70% among eligible girls by 2030. To reach this goal, Jhpiego is linking secondary prevention of cervical cancer (i.e., screening for cervical cancer) to primary prevention efforts (i.e., HPV vaccination)—and vice versa. To achieve equitable coverage, Jhpiego is using a multipronged approach to reach in- and out-of-school girls through activities such as school-based campaigns and community-based campaigns to reach out-of-school youth. This multipronged approach focuses on four areas: 1) community engagement with stakeholders and beneficiaries for social mobilization; 2) capacity development of health care providers; 3) vaccination integration into existing programs for adolescent/school health; and 4) ensuring high-quality HPV vaccination services.