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Country Profile - Liberia

Liberia is a West African country with a population of 4 million people and a life expectancy at birth of 60 years (male) and 63 years (female). For a decade, its population, economy and health system had slowly been recovering from the legacy of 14 years of brutal civil war when Ebola hit the region in 2014, throwing the country back into crisis. Displaying the highest number of reported deaths from Ebola (4,244, MoH situation report March 2015) among the affected countries, Liberia is still working towards putting a definite end to the epidemic (zero cases) as well as tackling its socio-economic impact. With support from the EU-LUX-WHO UHC partnership, the country elaborated, at the beginning of 2015, a medium-term recovery plan to cope with the aftermath of the crisis and rebuild its shaken health system. The UHC country roadmap has also been reviewed in order to respond to these new circumstances and needs. The National Health Policy (NHP) of 2007 has been the foundation of post-war health sector activities. The Essential Package of Health Services (EPHS) is prominent in the current National Health and Social Welfare Policy and Plan 2011-2021, the NHP’s successor, which sets out the country’s health objectives and targets for a 10-year period. You can access important country documents by clicking here.

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Moving swiftly towards access to quality healthcare for all: Liberia’s Health Equity Fund

Liberians have, historically, struggled with severe shortcomings in access to quality healthcare, a challenge that was brought into focus …

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Liberia’s Achievements in Health Care Financing Reform

The UHC Partnership in Liberia has facilitated great progress in decentralized and harmonized county-level planning, and health care …

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Reports on Road Map Activities

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  • Finalized / In completion
  • On Track
  • Postponed
  • Cancelled
  • National Planning

  • Development of National Policy on Health Research
  • 100%
  • Consolidate operational plans (county and central) into sector Annual Operational Plan (AOP)
  • 85%
  • Annual County plans and core comprehensive plans including costing
  • 100%
  • M&E

  • Conduct quarterly county performance reviews (mentoring and coaching)
  • 80%
  • Conduct Study on Community Perception of the Quality of Health Care Delivery in Liberia
  • 100%
  • Review M&E Policy and Plan
  • 80%
  • Organize and conduct National Health Review Conference
  • 100%
  • Effort to strengthening information systems and capacity on data quality assessment and monitoring at national and local levels
  • 75%
  • Conduct Study on Community Perception of the Quality of Health Care Delivery in Liberia
  • 100%
  • Financial Management Systems

  • Consolidate Central and County Levels Operational Plans
  • 100%
  • Build capacity for costing of operational plans
  • 75%
  • Facilitated resources mapping for the health sector and aligning resources planning and budgeting in line with the national planning budgeting cycle
  • 100%
  • Initiate and draft to reform the healthcare financing strategy in line with the goals of universal healthcare coverage through an inclusive policy dialogue process
  • 100%

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  • Finalized / In completion
  • On Track
  • Postponed
  • Cancelled
  • ER1 : Countries will have prepared/developed/updated/adapted their NHPSP through an inclusive policy dialogue process leading to better coverage with essential health services, financial risk protection and health equity
  • Facilitate and support development and implementation of the strategic investment plan for Liberia
  • 100%
  • Support MOH (central and counties) develop an annual bottom up plan for the counties and a consolidated country plan for 2015
  • 100%
  • ER2 : Countries will have put in place expertise, monitoring and evaluation systems and annual health sector reviews
  • Support regional level independent performance monotoring and reviews to inform a national health sector review conference
  • 100%
  • ER3 : Countries requesting health financing (HF) support will have modified their financing strategies and systems to move more rapidly towards universal coverage (UC), with a particular focus on the poor and vulnerable
  • Build capacity of national, country and health facility managers on health system ML(CLP) and tools, such as, M&Eframework, SARA tool, AND RDQA
  • 70%
  • Support and undertake RDQA covering the 15 counties
  • 0%
  • ER5 : Accurate, up-to-date evidence on what works and what does not work regarding health financing reforms for universal coverage is available and shared across countries
  • Facilitate and organize a session on generation of evidence briefs around health financing options for Liberia, including NHA 2013/and fiscal space analysis
  • 80%
  • ER6 : At country level, alignment and harmonization of health aid according to national health plans is consolidated and accelerated
  • Support evidence generation and capacity building around donor coordiantion and aid effectiveness at national and sub-national level, lessons and challenges
  • 100%

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  • Finalized / In completion
  • On Track
  • Postponed
  • Cancelled
  • ER1 : Countries will have prepared/developed/updated/adapted their NHPSP through an inclusive policy dialogue process leading to better coverage with essential health services, financial risk protection and health equity
  • Prepare and consolidate operational plans (county and central) into sector Annual Operational Plan (AOP): August-September, 2016
  • 100%
  • Support development and implementation of community health strategic and operational plans to enhance effective community engagement
  • 100%
  • Support MOH assess and develop strategies for health workforce development to address a people centered health service delivery
  • 100%
  • Collaborate with MOH and partners and support development of a harmonized plan for the national drug and supplies procurement, distribution and management systems
  • 80%
  • ER2 : Countries will have put in place expertise, monitoring and evaluation systems and annual health sector reviews
  • Strengthen capacity in leadership and governance for implementation of the investment plan at all levels of the health system including organization of a process for an inclusive multi-stakeholder involvement; May -July, 2016
  • 80%
  • Conduct health facility assessment using the WHO standard tool of service availability and readiness assessment (SARA) and quality of care (QoC) for service delivery; March –July, 2016
  • 100%
  • Conduct annual health sector performance review and develop draft sector performance report; November-December, 2016
  • 100%
  • Support MOH develop a standardized and harmonized performance monitoring, evaluation and reviews of programs and national health Plans, including dashboards and policy briefs
  • 100%
  • Support MOH and partners conduct joint annual review (JAR) missions and annual review of health sector performance
  • 100%
  • ER3 : Countries requesting health financing (HF) support will have modified their financing strategies and systems to move more rapidly towards universal coverage (UC), with a particular focus on the poor and vulnerable
  • Strength health financing evidence for innovative financing of the national health equity fund (a platform for moving towards UHC) by institutionalizing systems for regular financial monitoring through NHA, fiscal space analysis and public financial reviews as part of the national health sector performance review; July –November, 2016
    (two sub-activities together: 100 and 80 -> 90%)
  • 90%
  • ER4 : Countries receiving HF support will have implemented financing reforms to facilitate UC
  • Provide technical and logistic support to department of planning to strength capacity for effective implementation of health care financing interventions in line with the investment plan, costing of annual work plans and management of health services and policy dialogue; March-September, 2016
  • 100%
  • ER5 : Accurate, up-to-date evidence on what works and what does not work regarding health financing reforms for universal coverage is available and shared across countries
  • Support and facilitate collation and analyze data to define resource envelope (resource mapping) for effective resource allocation to national and sub-national levels
  • 100%
  • ER6 : At country level, alignment and harmonization of health aid according to national health plans is consolidated and accelerated
  • Facilitate and implement partner coordination mechanisms at national and sub-national levels to enhance alignment and harmonization with the investment plan; including strengthening of health boards and HSCC secretariat
  • 80%
  • Facilitate and support performance appraisal of the heath sector pool fund and strengthen capacity for financial evidence-based planning, budgeting, resource utilization and accountability
  • 100%
  • Support improved partnership and aid coordination and effectiveness mechanisms at national/counties, including development of a compact and its implementation
  • 90%

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Reports View More

Country Report - Liberia (2016)

Last Updated Dec 01, 2016

Country Report - Liberia (2015)

Last Updated May 21, 2015

2014 Annual Report Liberia

Last Updated Dec 01, 2014