After Ebola, Liberia’s Health System on Path to Recovery – World Bank Feature

Shirley Kamara, 37, an expectant mother, smiled as she received medical care at C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata, just over 40 miles (68 km) north of Monrovia. “Our hospital is far better now since the Ebola outbreak,” she said. “We are encouraging our people to come here because everything is getting better.”

C.H. Rennie Hospital in Liberia’s Margibi County was one of the facilities hardest-hit during the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in 2014; 14 of its health workers died. But, as a result of the international attention the crisis attracted, health care services have since improved, according to Dr. Asinya Magnus: “Ebola revolutionized health services in Margibi,” he said recently, “with a transition from a closed to an open health care system.” The health system’s new infrastructure is more decentralized, and health workers receive both more medical supplies and training in Infection Prevention Control procedures.

The Ebola outbreak exposed the weaknesses in Liberia’s health care delivery services, already greatly incapacitated by the time the World Bank and other development partners intervened in it in September 2014. The dilapidated state of the country’s public health care included everything from inadequately qualified health practitioners and poorly equipped medical facilities, to the lack of infection control measures.

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Source: World Bank

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.