Liberia

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Working in Liberia since 2008; most recently in the fight against Ebola and now COVID-19.

  • To support the COVID-19 response in 11 counties, Jhpiego trained 3,351 staff from 365 health care facilities on infection prevention and control, and procured supplies for 321 facilities. Additional support was provided to conduct weekly Incident Management and Surveillance meetings, deploy contact tracers, conduct risk communication and community engagement, and carry out spot checks to ensure integration and continuity of health services.
  • As a result of Jhpiego’s efforts to address malaria in pregnancy under STAIP, the percentage of women who received long-lasting insecticide treated bed nets during their first antenatal care visit and after institutional delivery increased from 44% to 69%, and 38% to 53%, respectively.
  • 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.

With additional funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development under STAIP (see above), Jhpiego is working in Liberia to address the COVID-19 pandemic. These efforts build on Jhpiego’s previous experience during the Ebola epidemic to reinforce infection prevention and control practices in health care facilities and restore community confidence in health services. Currently, Jhpiego is: 1) training health care workers and supervisors on infection prevention and control, using online platforms where possible; 2) developing and distributing job aids and risk communication materials; and 3) integrating reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and malaria services in isolation and observation centers in three counties.

This award, funded by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is enabling Jhpiego to provide technical assistance to ministries of health in 15 countries across Africa and Asia for the planning and introduction of COVID-19 vaccines. Under this effort, Jhpiego supports the ministries of health in a number of countries, including Liberia, to introduce COVID-19 vaccines. Support includes development of sound, locally relevant, globally compliant readiness assessments using the COVID-19 Vaccine Country Readiness Assessment Tool. This work is being implemented in conjunction with a subpartner, the International Vaccine Access Center of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Montserrado Country in Liberia has been a hotspot of COVID-19 transmission with periodic flare-ups in urban, densely populated settings. This project’s overall goal is to support the Montserrado County Health Team to implement a robust COVID-19 response and to support the integration of COVID-19 response into routine health services in the county. Jhpiego is addressing health facility readiness, service provider preparedness, client awareness and access to information and services to ensure the continuity of routine care in the context of outbreaks. This work is part of the Health Systems Strengthening and Epidemic Prevention project in Liberia, funded by German development agency GIZ.

Funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this five-year project builds upon activities funded by CDC to support Global Health Security through implementation of programs and activities that focus on protecting and improving health globally through partnerships with Ministries of Health and other institutions. With an initial emphasis on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, the project is supporting countries—including Liberia—as well as regional work in West Africa and South America to improve prevention of avoidable epidemics, including naturally occurring outbreaks and intentional or accidental releases of dangerous pathogens; improve ability to detect threats early; and respond rapidly and effectively to public health threats of international concern. The project is being implemented by a Jhpiego-led consortium that includes the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Global Scientific Solutions for Health, and Johns Hopkins University Center for Global Health.