U.S. Ambassador To Liberia, McCarthy Visits NPHIL Complex and Liberia Chimp Rescue and Protection

The United States Ambassador Michael McCarthy to Liberia, and Deputy Chief of Mission Alyson Grunder visited the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) complex in Margibi County, formerly known as Liberia Institute for Biomedical Research (LIBR).

The National Reference Laboratory (NRL) currently shares diagnostic and office space in the complex.  In addition, Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue and Protection, a non-governmental organization dedicated to bringing abandoned baby and juvenile chimps back to health, has facilities nearby.

The U.S. Government has provided significant support to LIBR and the NRL for decades.  The longstanding partnership was critical during the 2014 Ebola outbreak, when LIBR and the NRL were the headquarters for diagnosing the disease.

Today, the U.S. Government is constructing additional laboratory space to meet the increased demands for clinical research and diagnostics for systematic public health surveillance and during public health emergencies.  In addition, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is providing operational support to the laboratory and capacity building to NPHIL and the Government of Liberia in public health and clinical research.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the U.S. Department of Defense provide ongoing technical support for improving public health and identifying dangerous pathogens, assistance in obtaining essential laboratory equipment, and training and developing staff.

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