By Janjay F. Campbell
A US$57 million health project was launched yesterday at the Bella Casa Hotel in Sinkor to help strengthen the health sector of Liberia.
Making remarks at the launch of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Collaborative Support for Health Program and The Partnership for Advancing Community Services (PACS) United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah R. Malac said the past several months have shown Liberians that having a functional health system is critical to Liberia overall economic development.
She disclosed that through USAID, the United States Government provides nearly US47 million annually to support Liberia’s health system as of 2015 and that it is in line with the National Health and Social Welfare Policy and Plan.
“We have also committed to support the restoration of basic health services and strengthening of the health system post Ebola is in line with Liberia’s Investment Plan for Building a Resilient Health System. USAID is now embarking on the next phase in its response, sustained, targeted support to maintain zero cases while building the capacity within Liberia to prevent, detect and respond to future outbreaks” Ambassador Malac stated.
She mentioned that at the core of the United States health development program in Liberia, it is the United States direct support to the Ministry of Health which supports the delivery of basic health services in over two hundred health facilities covering more than one third of maternal health services in Margibi, Montserrado and Grand Bassa.
Ambassador Malac stressed that U.S. Government investments have help Liberia to achieve significant gains in health system reach and capacity over the past decade. She said though Ebola interrupted the progress, Liberia achievements should not be understated.
She stressed that there is much yet left to do as we work to improve the health status of Liberians and support the Government of Liberia in realizing its health sector objectives. She said the U.S. commitment through the award of these new programs demonstrates the strong bond of friendship between the America and Liberia people, who share a common goal that ensuring the health and well- being of both citizens are critical to the future of both countries.
Making her Presentation on USAID Collaborative Support for Health (CSH) Program, Dr. FlorideNiyuhire said the program will focus on supporting the Government of Liberia to strengthen management of the health system to meet the healthneeds of Liberians.
According to her, the five years US$32.4 million program is implemented by Management sciences for Health (MSH) and CSH will collaborate closely with the Ministry of Health in Bong, Lofa and Nimba health teams to expand access to and quality of health services and with the Ministry of Public Works.
Also making his presentation on The Partnership for Advancing Community-based Services (PACS), Mr.TanouDiallo said PACS will support the Government of Liberia and civil society partners to expand the reach and quality of health services at the community level.
He said the five years US$24.8 million program will focus on increasing access to quality community based health and social services through capacity building and system strengthening for Liberia’s Ministry of Health at national, county and community level, support for health communication and improved access to safe water and sanitation services.