The Ministry of Health (MoH) on July 23, 2020
officially launched the National Nursing and Midwifery policy and plan for
2020-2025 at the Ministry in Congo Town.
contribute towards the achievement of the Ministry’s vision, this policy focuses
on strengthening coordination, collaboration with the nursing and midwifery
association, and health regulatory boards; and ensures the high quality of
nursing and midwifery training practice. The Policy seeks to advocate for nurses
and midwives employment and benefits on an equitable basis, strengthen the
governance structure of the nursing and midwifery division and to continuously ensure
quality of healthcare protocols and standards are adhered to by all Nurses and
Midwives practicing in Liberia’’, the policy is quoted as saying.
According to the new health policy, this will further
be enforced by the following principles: professionalism will be the hall mark
of the National Nursing and Midwifery workforce compliance—implementation of
the Nursing and Midwifery policy and plan will emphasize adherence to polices
regulations, legislation, enforcement and local ordinances in the Republic of
At the same time, the policy reiterates partnership
and Coordination—broad based partnership at national county, district and
community levels involving donors, NGOs, government agencies, private
institutions and community will be forged in achieving the goal of this policy.
A partnership coordination mechanism will be established to coordinate partners
and advice on policy and technical issues and decentralization—the Ministry of
Health ensures a systematic decentralization of Nursing and Midwifery
activities in line with the MOH decentralization policy.
The Nursing and Midwifery Policy Document is to also
offer legal and regulatory framework for Nurses and Midwives within the health
sector and to create an enabling environment for Nurses and Midwives as well as
the provision of quality health care delivery throughout the Republic of
Liberia that is accessible to Situational Analysis: the situational analysis
determined that Nurses and Midwives constitutes about 76% of the health
The practice of nursing and midwifery is committed
to functional and collaboration relationship with other healthcare providers.
Member of the profession share the responsibilities for leadership in the
healthcare system, and are guided by ethical standards in the services to
humanity. These professions determine the practice and control of their
profession. With more than 70% of the health care providers being nurses and
midwives, Liberia like all other countries in the world depends largely on them
to run an effective and resilient healthcare system. The National health policy
and plan (2007-2011, 2011-2021) further alluded to the need for skilled human
resource as the backbone for a healthy and prosperous population. Therefore, in
order to substantially improve the health status of the population, the
Ministry of Health and partners led a participatory process of developing and
establishing one holistic, evidence-based policy framework explicitly aimed at
guiding decision makers through the next five years. The process included
analyzing Nurses and Midwives situation in the Country.
The event, held under the theme, “Unlocking the
Potential of Nurses and Midwives in Liberia”, brought together nurses, midwives
as well as medical doctors.
In remarks, the keynote speaker of the launch,
Elizabeth Sele Mulbah, who spoke on the occasion via zoom communication,
stressed the need for a practical health culture that will appeal to the
consciences of all Liberians and not health workers and professionals alone.
“If we must connect the power of evidence-based
policy to achieve lasting change for everyone to have the chance to live as
healthy a life as possible, we need public policy that will help to maximize
access to quality and affordable health care, as well as create communities
that are healthier and more inclusive in providing everyone with the
opportunity to strive,” said Madam Mulbah.
She called on the Ministry and its employers to
ensure that nurses and midwives in their employ carry current license. “Nurses
and midwives, we need to set up a peer review committee to handle any and all
discrepancies among us. Serve as a sounding board and bring colleagues to book
The former Vice-Chair of the Governance Commission
added that if we are to benefit from continuing education, needs assessment is
a must. Sending a nurse or midwife to a skills training workshop when his or
her need is attitudinal change, becomes a waste of time and money.
“Achieving health for all will depend on sufficient
numbers of well-trained and educated, regulated and well-supported nurses and
midwives, who receive pay and recognition commensurate with the services and
quality of care that they provide,” she said.
She noted that in order to have well equipped nurses
and midwives, the government and partners must support nurses and
midwives. The report of the UN
High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth concluded that
investments in education and job creation in the health and social sectors
result in a triple return of improved health outcomes, global health security,
and inclusive economic growth.
“We should come together to present a comprehensive
budget to the government through the MOH each year, and only then would the
left hand knows what the right hand is doing or receiving to assist each other
in our training areas because we are a team, we can learn from each other and our
patients will be better off”, she recommended.
Madam Mulbah urged nurses and midwives to remain
composed as the current situation will not remain the same always.
Placing emphases on the selection of the Chief
launcher of the occasion, Norwu Howard Deputy Health Minister for
Administration indicated that madam Mulbah sees herself as one of the
privileged few, with the challenges and responsibilities to promote the
advancement of more women and girls in Liberia.
“She thinks women leaders are only given the opportunity
to bring out their leadership quality that has been silent for years by culture
and tradition; that women should not make the Mistakes by thinking they can do
it alone—we must join men to work together as a team.
“Her perception for Liberia’s growth and development
is something she would like to see emphases being placed on by building the
capacity of the citizens and advancement in education, Health, food production
and infrastructure, especially roads,” she disclosed.