Why are we there?
- Endemic/epidemic disease
- Social violence/health care exclusion
August 28, 2014
MSF is rapidly scaling up its operations in Liberia as the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues to be chaotic and entirely inadequate. Since the Ebola outbreak began in March in Guinea, it has claimed at least 2,097 lives (as of 5th September).
In its first week, MSF's newest Ebola management center, also known as ELWA3, in the capital Monrovia, is already at capacity with 120 patients, and a further expansion is underway.
Meanwhile, in the north of the country, patients continue to flow into the newly rehabilitated Ebola management center in Foya.
After more than two decades in Liberia, MSF handed over the last of its programs to the Ministry of Health in 2012
The final program that was handed out provided treatment and counseling for victims of sexual violence in Monrovia. Since this project began in 2010, major emphasis was placed on training Ministry of Health staff to carry out services.
Between January and July, 644 patients received treatment: 12 percent of them were under four-years-of-age, 38 percent were aged between five and 12 years and 41 per cent between 13 and 18 years. Only nine percent were adults. After a gradual handover of responsibilities, MSF withdrew in July.
MSF ran emergency operations in response to the 14 years of civil conflict that raged until 2004. Teams also provided emergency health care for refugees from conflicts in neighboring countries and improved access to health services more generally through the set-up and management of hospital projects in the capital Monrovia, as well as in remote areas.
As the country's conflicts have subsided and emergency phases have passed, one by one these projects have been handed over to the Ministry of Health or to organizations that can take the work forward with a long-term development approach.