Press Release

UNICEF has today, July 23, 2020 begun a nationwide distribution of essential drugs and medical supplies, worth over Two Hundred Thirty-Six Thousand United States Dollars (US$236000.00).

UNICEF is carrying out the distribution on behalf of the Ministry of Health (MOH).

A statement from the Ministry said the distribution which is in three folds includes medical equipment, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and essential drugs.

According to the statement, the distribution comes as part of agreement between the Ministry and the World Bank.

UNICEF procured the drugs and medical equipment through an arrangement with the World Bank to  help boost the fight against COVID 19.

A distribution plan has already been drawn up, as the counties are in full gear to receive their items.

In a related development, the World Bank today donated a brand new ventilator to the ministry. An official of the Bank said the donation is part of the 17-million United States Dollars the bank has allotted to help Liberia fight the coronavirus.

In response, Health Minister, Wihelmina Jallah thanked the World Bank for the donation and called on others including diaspora Liberians to follow suit.

Minister Jallah also called for strict compliance of the COVID 19 preventive measures and vowed to institute punitive action against violators.

The latest ventilator brings to twenty-four the number of ventilators the ministry now has.

MOH, USAID Sign US$6.1m FARA Supported Project

(June 30, 2020, Monrovia, Liberia)The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at boosting quality health care delivery in six (6) counties. The beneficiary counties are: Nimba, Bong, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Gedeh, Lofa, and River Gee.

The signing of the MOU was made under the Fixed Amount Reimbursement Agreement (FARA) of the MOH where it gets support for the implementation of the government’s 10 year National Health Policy and Plan.

Under the US$6.1 agreement, USAID will reimburse the government for the cost of implementing components of the Essential Package of Health Services that support family planning, maternal and child health and malaria prevention and treatment.

Speaking at the signing of the MOU on Monday, June 29, 2020 between the County Health Officers (CHOs) of the six counties, the Minister of Health Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah called on the CHOs to work diligently to ensure that resources are managed properly to boost quality health delivery in their respective counties. 

She noted that transparency and accountability are the bedrock of the FARA program and expressed hope that the remaining counties are included in the near future.

The Liberian Health Minister plea with the USAID for the continuation of project in the Country, which she said has made significant impact in the Country’s health system.

However, she pledged President George Manneh Weah’s willingness to working with USAID and other friendly partners for the common good of the Liberian people.

Earlier, Jessica Healey, USAID Health Representative, who chatted via video call, thanked the MOH team for the tremendous work in making the partnership a success and pledged USAID’s commitment to the project.

Madam Handley praised the six counties for the implementation of US$6.2 million which was signed last year June and expressed anticipation of  effectuated performances.

.In addition to reimbursement, she noted that USAID gives different technical assistance including a small financial package that the county health team can apply for to address some challenges encountered in the implementation process.

In separate remarks, CHOs of the six beneficiary counties thanked USAID and the MOH for the continuation of the project and pledged to do all for its successful implementation.

Signed: _______________________________________

           Felecia Gbesioh

           Director of Communication, MOH