MSH Helps Launch New Program to Strengthen Liberia’s Health Sector

{photo credit: MSH}Ben Zinner, COR CSH Program, Floride Niyuhire, Interim COP CSH Program, Tanou Diallo, PACS COPphoto credit: MSH

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is proud to have a key role in a flagship, 5-year health program in Liberia, the Collaborative Support for Health (CSH) Program. Launched last week by the U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, and Liberia’s Minister of Health, Dr. Bernice Dahn, and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the CSH Program is a core part of USAID/Liberia’s technical assistance to the health sector. 

“The long-term vision is to support the Government of Liberia in its efforts to strengthen management of the health system to improve the health status of Liberian citizens,” said Dr. Floride Niyuhire of MSH, interim chief of party for the program.

CSH will focus on the national level, collaborating closely with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), and selected counties (Bong, Lofa, and Nimba), which are home to one-third of Liberia’s population.

"Investing in strong, local health systems is critical to prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats—thereby preventing a local disease outbreak from becoming the next major epidemic," said Dr. Jonathan Quick, President & CEO, MSH. "A health systems approach is the foundation for action to save lives and improve health, especially for women and children. Strong, integrated platforms make services more robust and resilient, whether the challenge is malaria, AIDS, chronic disease, pregnancy care or other conditions," said Dr.Quick.

MSH and its partners, the Development Innovations Group, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Jhpiego, and Results for Development, will provide organizational capacity building and technical assistance to:

  1. Strengthen the leadership and governance capacity of MOHSW;
  2. Strengthen the capacity of  the Ministry of Public Works to manage water supply infrastructure improvements;
  3. Institutionalize quality assurance and quality improvement  initiatives to improve health care service delivery;
  4. Strengthen human resources for health management;
  5. Improve supply chain management of medicines and commodities;
  6. Increase the financial sustainability of services; and
  7. Strengthen the health management information system. 

The objectives are aligned with the key priorities and building blocks of the MOHSW National Health and Social Welfare Policy and Plan 2011-2021. The CSH Program will also facilitate health system restoration following the Ebola crisis, in line with Liberia’s Investment Plan for Building a Resilient Health System.

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[CSH Program staff]{Photo credit: MSH}CSH Program staffPhoto credit: MSH

 

[US Ambassador to Liberia Deborah R. Malac addresses the crowd during the project launch]{Photo credit: MSH}US Ambassador to Liberia Deborah R. Malac addresses the crowd during the project launchPhoto credit: MSH

 

[Notable attendees of the USAID Collaborative Support for Health (CSH) Program Launch (from right to left): Floride Niyuhire, Interim COP CSH Program; Deborah R. Malac, US Ambassador to Liberia; Bernice Dahn, Nominated Minister of Health; John Mark Winfield, USAID Liberia Mission Director; Tanou Diallo, PACS COP]{Photo credit: MSH}Notable attendees of the USAID Collaborative Support for Health (CSH) Program Launch (from right to left): Floride Niyuhire, Interim COP CSH Program; Deborah R. Malac, US Ambassador to Liberia; Bernice Dahn, Nominated Minister of Health; John Mark Winfield, USAID Liberia Mission Director; Tanou Diallo, PACS COPPhoto credit: MSH

 

[Over 120 participants gathered to attend the launch of the two USAID projects]{Photo credit: MSH}Over 120 participants gathered to attend the launch of the two USAID projectsPhoto credit: MSH

 

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