Our work in Liberia

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

Elsie D. Siboe, MSF health promotion supervisor, speaks at the opening of mental activities in the Star of the Sea clinic in West Point, Liberia.
Liberia 2019 © Clement Lier/MSF
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COVID update

MSF is carrying out ongoing awareness activities on prevention measures in communities in and around Monrovia.

 

Learn more about how we are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in Liberia.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs a pediatric hospital in the Liberian capital and implements a new model of care for people with mental health disorders and epilepsy.

What's happening in Liberia?

An Ebola outbreak in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, has claimed the lives of hundreds including medical workers, and has put a major strain on the country’s health system. In addition to Ebola, children in Liberia are dealing with other medical conditions including malaria, severe acute malnutrition, non-bloody diarrhea, and respiratory tract infections.

How we're helping in Liberia

MSF opened Bardnesville Junction hospital in Monrovia in March 2015 to address gaps in pediatric care during the Ebola epidemic. Learn how you can best help in Liberia and other countries.

The 92-bed hospital continues to provide specialized care for children from a large impoverished urban area with conditions such as malaria and severe acute malnutrition. It also serves as a training site for Liberian nurses, medical interns, and nurse anesthetists.

The team in the two operating theaters, which opened in 2018, performed a variety of procedures during the year, including urological and reconstructive plastic surgery. In 2019, we added a microbiology laboratory, which enabled us to better diagnose infectious diseases, tailor treatment for patients, and monitor antibiotic resistance.

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In July, we expanded our community-based care program for people with mental health disorders and epilepsy into a fifth location, West Point, a densely populated township in Monrovia. Please donate to support our work in Liberia and other countries around the world now.

Working with the Ministry of Health, we supervised and supported clinicians to treat mental health disorders and epilepsy in general health care facilities, with active follow-up for patients and their families. We also assisted psychosocial workers and volunteers to provide health education on epilepsy, schizophrenia, and other mental health conditions in the communities, helping patients overcome social stigma.  

In total, we treated 1,690 patients with epilepsy or mental health disorders during the year.