IMPROVED HEALTH SYSTEMS PREVENT DEADLY OUTBREAKS: LIBERIA AFTER EBOLA
In 2015, with the Government of Liberia, MSH began leading the USAID-funded Collaborative Support for Health (CSH) program. One of its key components is to restore and improve the health system following the Ebola crisis. Before Ebola, Liberia’s maternal mortality ratio was already one of the highest in the world. During Ebola, that rate increased. Many clinics and hospitals closed their doors or women feared going to the facilities and contracting the disease. After the epidemic, fewer skilled attendants were available at deliveries because so many health workers had died. Hemorrhage and limited access to emergency care also contribute to Liberia’s maternal deaths.
As Liberia shows, high maternal mortality is the result of a combination of factors, all of which must be addressed through a strengthened health system. CSH provides health systems capacity-building support for leadership and governance, managing the water supply infrastructure (essential to combating infectious disease), improving the pharmaceutical supply chain, improving health care quality, making health care affordable, and monitoring the health sector, as well as the health status of Liberians.