Liberia

MSH’s work in Liberia exemplifies its strategy of working holistically to focus the health system on improved outcomes. Through a Global Development Alliance that includes the Liberian Ministry of Health, the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFKMC) in Monrovia, Chevron Liberia, and USAID, the USAID-funded Strengthening the Center of Excellence for Infectious Disease (CEID) Project, implemented by MSH, is expanding and improving treatment for patients with infectious disease, including refurbishing the internal medicine ward at JFKMC. This innovative public-private partnership is implementing improvement programs designed to treat the most complex medical cases and improve the health of all Liberians.

MSH contributed to these select prior achievements by program:

  • Worked closely with the Ministry of Health, through the USAID Collaborative Support for Health (CSH) Program, and contributed to the development and roll out of the National Healthcare Quality Strategy (NHQS) to improve the health system’s ability to provide safe and high-quality health services and restore public trust through improved leadership, governance, accountability, and community engagement. The ministry has prioritized this initiative for building a resilient health system for 2015-2021.

  • Aligned with the Ministry of Health, supported the revision and use of a Joint Integrated Supportive Supervision tool to monitor clinical standards of an essential package of health services at the primary level.

  • As an analytical partner and strategic adviser to the ministry, supported a national-level dialogue on health financing reform, informing decisions toward universal health coverage.

  • Designed, built, and rolled out an electronic logistics management information system (eLMIS) to provide more real-time data to improve the availability and reliability of medicines.

  • Worked with the Ministry of Health, pharmacists, and associations of shop owners to systematically educate drug sellers on how to ensure the quality of their stock and make the registration process fast and transparent. The proportion of stores stocking medicines not approved for sale in private medicine stores decreased from 90 percent to 3 percent over a two-year period.

  • Incorporated government standards and regulations, promoted accreditation, and provided training, supervision, business incentives, and consumer advocacy to create profitable drug shops that would increase access to high-quality pharmaceutical products and services in underserved urban areas.

  • Scaled-up performance-based financing to 11 counties covering 236 health facilities.

  • From 2004 to 2009 helped Liberia’s Ministry of Health articulate a new National Health Plan, National Health Policy, and Basic Package of Health Services as part of critical, post-conflict, transition-period foundational work.

Our Projects

Project Name Health Systems Health Areas Date
USAID Collaborative Support for Health Program Leadership, Management & Governance, Pharmaceutical Management, Financing Health Services, Global Health Security HIV & AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria, Women, Children, and Adolescents' Health 2015 - 2019
African Strategies for Health
Completed
Leadership, Management & Governance, Financing Health Services Malaria, Tuberculosis, Women, Children, and Adolescents' Health, HIV & AIDS 2011 - 2016
Leadership, Management and Governance Project
Completed
Leadership, Management & Governance HIV & AIDS, Tuberculosis 2012 - 2017
Rebuilding Basic Health Services Project
Completed
HIV & AIDS, Malaria November 13, 2008 - August 31, 2014
Sustainable Drug Seller Initiatives
Completed
Pharmaceutical Management April 28, 2011 - September 30, 2014
The Health Communication Collaborative
Completed
Leadership, Management & Governance HIV & AIDS, Tuberculosis, Women, Children, and Adolescents' Health, Malaria September 26, 2012 - July 31, 2017

Country Team