To achieve Liberia’s vision of becoming a middle-income country, the goal of this policy is to improve the health and social welfare status of the population of Liberia on an equitable basis. Sustained leadership, stakeholder commitment, resources and effort are needed to achieve this. The underlying principle to this policy is that health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and access to quality health and social welfare services is a precondition for individual and societal development. The guiding principles to this policy are that health is a universal human right, equity, quality, efficiency, sustainability, and accountability.
The overarching goal of this financing policy is to ensure that the health and social welfare services provided to the people of Liberia are affordable to the country while preventing catastrophic household expenditures. Sustained leadership, stakeholder commitment, resources and effort are needed to achieve this goal by accomplishing the following five objectives: (1) Increasing the mobilization and predictability of adequate, sustainable financial resources for health and social welfare; (2) improving the planning, budgeting and accounting for equitable resource allocations; (3) increasing the efficiency of resource utilization; (4) increasing systemic efficiency and equity through a harmonized provider payment mechanism; and (5) strengthening the financial evidence base for management and policy decision-making.
The goal of this policy and plan is to efficiently staff and effectively manage the network of facilities in Liberia with the right mix of qualified workers in order to provide services according to the people's needs and according to the highest professional and ethical standards. The principles guiding this human resources policy and plan are equity, efficiency, quality, sustainability, decentralization, and partnership.
The Essential Package of Health Services (EPHS) sets forth the standards to strengthen services and ensure quality healthcare for all Liberians. As a result of Liberia’s ongoing high maternal and infant mortality rates, the EPHS places a stronger emphasis on all maternal and child health services. This includes: access to skilled, facility-based delivery services; appropriate malaria prophylaxis and treatment during pregnancy; prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV; maternal and infant nutrition; and family planning services, among others.
Additional services to be scaled-up include child nutrition, response to sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), adolescent health services and mental health services. New services include the detection and treatment of reproductive cancers, non-communicable diseases and neglected tropical diseases as well as school health, eye health and prison health. This more comprehensive approach addresses healthcare needs at all levels of the healthcare system.
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- The role of your board
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- Ways the board can participate in fundraising activities
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This Mental Health Policy (2010-2015) is statement of the commitment by the government of Sierra Leone to set clear directions for the development of mental health services and the promotion of mental health in the country. Based on an all-inclusive consultative process and current situation analysis, this policy facilitates the integration of mental health services into the public health agenda and encourages an intersectoral approach to mental health, as well as reduce the burden of mental disorders in the population.
Inadequate water supply, lack or insufficient sanitation facilities, such as poor facilities for safe disposal of water and other domestic waste and lacking or poor toilet facilities together with unhygienic practices represent the sanitation challenges in Sierra Leone. The National Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Policy provides a comprehensive framework for promoting optimal, sustainable, and equitable development and use of water resources in Sierra Leone.
The WHO guidelines on hand hygiene in health care provide health-care workers (HCWs), hospital administrators and health authorities with a thorough review of evidence on hand hygiene in health care and specific recommendations to improve practices and reduce transmission of pathogenic microorganisms to patients and HCWs. The present guidelines are intended to be implemented in any situation in which health care is delivered either to a patient or to a specific group in a population. Therefore, this concept applies to all settings where health care is permanently or occasionally performed.