Liberia

Photo of two dozen members of the LBNM team gathered for a group shot.
In April 2018, the Liberian Board for Nursing and Midwifery (LBNM) team attended a weeklong workshop facilitated by RRHO on theory of change, resource mobilization, and development of an external communications strategy.

Throughout the five-year project period RRHO will support and complement HRSA’s Resilient and Responsive Health Systems (RRHS) initiative implemented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Liberia. In so doing, both projects will jointly strengthen the ability of the impact partners to become self-learning organizations that are also interdependent and can promote and capacitate South-South engagement with the goal of contributing to PEPFAR’s human resources for health (HRH) strategy:

  • Liberian Board for Nursing and Midwifery (LBNM) 
  • College of Health and Life Sciences / A.M. Dogliotti Medical School 
  • John F. Kennedy (JFK) Medical Center 

National Policies

Visit the Resource Library to access and download national policies & guidelines for Liberia.

Country Indicators

Population (Global Health Observatory, 2015): 4,503,000
Life expectancy at birth M/F (years) (Global Health Observatory, 2015): 60/63

HIV in Liberia

Since 2010, new HIV infections have decreased by 28% and AIDS-related deaths have increased by 20%. The laboratory system and supply chain management have the biggest challenges to the AIDS response in Liberia, with frequent antiretroviral therapy stock-outs. The Ebola virus disease outbreak in March 2014 further weakened the health system as health workers died and access to HIV services reduced by 50% in 2015. Test and treat has not been fully implemented. The national AIDS commission is leading the implementation of a two-year catch-up plan, focusing on the three counties and using a differentiated model to identify the most affected populations and locations (UNAIDS). 

Number of people living with HIV (UNAIDS 2017): 40,000 [32,000 - 50,000]
Adults aged 15 to 49 prevalence rate (UNAIDS 2017): 1.4% [1.1% - 1.7%]
Adults aged 15 and over living with HIV (UNAIDS 2017): 37,000 [30,000 - 46,000]
Women aged 15 and over living with HIV (UNAIDS 2017): 22,000 [18,000 - 28,000]
Children aged 0 to 14 living with HIV (UNAIDS 2017): 3,300 [2,500 - 4,300]
Deaths due to AIDS (UNAIDS 2017): 2,500 [2,000 - 3,000]
Orphans due to AIDS aged 0 to 17 (UNAIDS 2017): 37,000 [32,000 - 43,000]

WHO Building Blocks in Liberia

This WHO framework describes health systems in terms of six core components or “building blocks” including service delivery, health workforce, health information systems, access to essential medicines, financing, and leadership & governance (WHO, 2010). Click on each tab to explore these health system indicators.

Service Delivery

Table 1: Facilities by county and facility density, source: Investment Plan, 2015 (pg. 7)

County 2015 population projection Health facility per county Facility density per 10,000 pop
Bomi 97,291 24 2.5
Bong 385,701 39 1.01
Gbarpolu 96,446 14 1.45
Grand Bassa 256,408 29 1.13
Grand Cape Mount 146,975 32 2.18
Grand Gedeh 144,872 18 1.24
Grand Kru 66,982 17 2.54
Lofa 320,218 56 1.75
Margibi 242,795 33 1.36
Maryland 157,225 24 1.53
Montserrado 1,293,349 240 1.86
Nimba 534,376 62 1.2
River Gee 77,248 17 2.2
Rivercess 82,707 18 2.2
Sinoe 117,813 33 2.8
Total 4,020,406 656 1.63