In 2013, Liberia launched a shortened 6‐day IMNCI training curriculum. The Maternal and Child Survival Program organized one of the first large‐scale training activities using this new training curriculum. Participants felt that the IMNCI training was one of the most relevant and useful skills building, in-service training activities that they have had the opportunity to participate in during their clinical careers. It closed the gaps in the quality of care for assessing and managing sick young infant and children under five years of age.
Developing countries often face the unexpected: disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and political unrest. To sustain advances in their health systems while safeguarding communities, health staff and organizations need strategies that promote system resilience—the capacity to anticipate and respond to crises; maintain core functions when shocks strike; and reorganize when extreme conditions or circumstances arise.
For many, immunization services provide multiple, potentially lifesaving contacts with women during the first year postpartum. And because immunization and family planning services are two of the most cost-effective health interventions—and integrating them is a promising high impact practice for improving family planning—deaths from reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health conditions have the potential to be substantially reduced when integrated packages of interventions are scaled up across the continuum of care. MCSP/Jhpiego’s Chelsea Cooper and MCSP/JSI’s Rebecca Fields, examine the impact that integrating the two interventions would have on providing holistic care to women and children.
JSI’s Agnes Guyon reflects on the effectiveness of engaging trained traditional midwives to improve nutrition practices in Liberia.
Ella Jaiblai, Essential Nutrition Actions advisor for the LAUNCH project in Liberia, reports from the Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy (MSN) Global Learning and Evidence Exchange (GLEE) Workshop last January in Accra, Ghana.
To prevent future outbreaks of Ebola and other diseases, high-quality health information system data must be readily available.
The 2014 Ebola outbreak badly damaged Liberia’s health system, leaving only 44% of health facilities throughout the country functioning in its wake. In a new blog, The Maternal and Child Survival Program’s Kelly Dale and Rose Macauley explain what is being done to restore confidence among Liberians in the country’s health system.
While the number of Ebola cases in West Africa continue to decrease, it is still important that countries nationwide take necessary precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola and other infections. Through programs like Massachusetts Ebola Virus Monitoring Project, travelers can be sure that the reporting process goes as smoothly as possible so that they and their communities remain healthy.
JSI’s president, Joel Lamstein, talks about the big picture behind long term health system strengthening in Liberia.
One month after new Ebola cases re-emerged in Liberia, Dr. Rose Macauley reflects on the next steps needed to continue rebuilding the country’s health system.