Partner:The UMC, Liberia Annual Conference
Before 1926, modern medicine was virtually nonexistent in north central Liberia. Traditional herbalists were the primary healers and their practices were mostly based on superstition; they relied heavily on trial and error. Hygienic practices and basic sanitation were rarely observed. As a result, many persons died prematurely from curable and preventable diseases, including cases that required surgical intervention.
In 1926, what started as a health post has grown to a full-fledged acute care referral hospital providing many healthcare services to include community-based primary healthcare, dental clinic, eye clinic, diabetes clinic, maternity clinic, well baby clinic, etc. Due to the increasing demands of emerging diseases and population growth, we are embarking on the construction of a more modern hospital to accommodate the indigent population and the challenges of current medical needs.
Goals & Objectives
1. To construct a new hospital from now to 2015.
2. To increase the number of medical doctors from 7 to 10 and to assess and recruit qualified additional employees to satisfy the growing staffing requirements of the hospital by 2015.
3. To improve on basic sanitation and hygiene in the hospital environment by 85% in 2015.
4. To increase preventive health services from 110 to 120 communities by 2013.
1. Submit an Advance application to GBGM and to seek funding from local and foreign partners for the new hospital construction.
2. Continue the support of three medical students currently in training and support of paramedical students as part of the human resource development drive.
3. Train and maintain housekeeping unit's staff as well as promoting best sanitation and hygienic practices among the nursing staff in order to enhance infection control efforts.
4. An ongoing community-based primary healthcare project supported by USAID with a target of reaching 120 towns/villages by 2013 is proceeding well.