Filling gaps in health services in the aftermath of the West African Ebola outbreak

Medical staff at MSF's Bardnesville Junction Hospital in Monrovia that provides specialized and emergency pediatric care and surgery.
LIBERIA 2016 © Marco Garofalo
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This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2017 International Activity Report.

In 2017, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) focused on pediatric care and mental health treatment in Liberia.

MSF set up Bardnesville Junction hospital in Monrovia in 2015 to support Liberia’s health services during the Ebola crisis. Originally serving children under the age of five, in 2017 the admission criteria were broadened to include patients up to the age of 15. During the year, staff attended to 7,040 children in the emergency room and admitted almost 6,000 patients, mainly for malaria, severe acute malnutrition, and respiratory tract infections.

Bardnesville Junction hospital continued to serve as a teaching hospital, providing placements for nursing students. The team conducted operational research on pediatric health issues, including paracetamol intoxication. In late 2017, an operating theater was constructed for a pediatric surgery program that will open in January 2018.

In September, MSF started to support mental health and epilepsy care at four primary health care centers in and around Monrovia. An MSF psychiatrist and two mental health clinicians offer guidance on diagnosis and treatment to Ministry of Health personnel at the health centers, and psychosocial workers train volunteers to identify people in the community who need treatment. MSF also provides psychiatric and anti-seizure medications. With MSF’s support, the health centers carried out 2,446 mental health and epilepsy consultations.