Liberia

  • Approximately 4.8 million people live in Liberia
  • It is among the poorest countries in the world (179/185)
  • 60% of the population is under 25
  • 82% of the country's health facilities were destroyed during the civil war
  • 54% of the population live below the poverty line
  • The average person earns $3.50 per day
  • effect:hope has been supporting Liberia since 2011, including emergency assistance during the Ebola outbreak
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Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world with limited access and availability of affordable treatment for neglected tropical diseases. This leads to increased transmission, increased disability, increased stigma and catastrophic economic consequences for affected people and their families.

Together with our partners, we launched the first program globally to integrate all aspects of diagnosis and curative treatment for neglected tropical diseases within the health system. At the program's core is the belief that, if you can equip every community volunteer and healthcare worker with the basic knowledge to identify and refer or treat a person with a neglected tropical disease at their closest health facility, you break down critical barriers to care. Simultaneously, while improving the knowledge and skills at the community-level, the program works with the Ministry of Health to ensure that the drugs, surveillance and referral pathways are available and working so that the system is in place to support the community volunteers and health workers as people are diagnosed and treated.

The initial pilot is taking place in 5 out of 15 counties and is due to scale up to the remaining counties in 2021.

Our ultimate goal is to support Liberia's health system so it can identify and manage all neglected tropical diseases so affected people will receive quality treatment and avoid long-term complications and disabilities.



Here's how you can help the people of Liberia:

Community Care & Education $50

  • Train a community member to recognize Buruli ulcer
  • Facilitate education demonstrations and awareness events
  • Equip the community with materials to educate about
    disease and disability prevention
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