Health Minister Receives International Award
Monrovia, Liberia, May 31, 2016-Liberia’s Minister of Health Dr. Bernice Dahn, has received an international award at the just ended World Health Assembly Meeting which took place in Geneva. Switzerland.
The award which had five categories including Leadership Ministerial, Emergency responders, Community Health \care, HRH Champions was presented to Dr. Dahn by the Global Health Workforce Alliance, an association of health professionals, pushing the interest of health workers across the globe.
The group is quoted as saying, “we are delighted to announce the winners of the 3rd edition of the 2016 International Health Workforce Awards. Each category received multiple nominations (total of 51). The shortlisted entries were judged by a selection panel drawn from the GHWA Board.
The group said Dr. Dahn demonstrated strong leadership by helping mobilize the response to Liberia’s Ebola crisis. According to the Global Health Workforce Alliance, during Liberia’s Ebola nightmare Dr. Dahn, saw a vision to build a resilient health system to prevent future outbreaks.
The International Health professionals also recalled that recognizing the critical role of health workers, especially the community health workforce (CHW in ending the Ebola crisis, Dr. Dahn has been closely involved in the development of Liberia’s Health Sector Investment and Recovery Plan and Health Workforce Program.
It concluded that Dr. Dahn’s advocacy and direction has since brought together a diverse coalition of actors committed to realizing her vision for a National CHW Program that aims to train and deploy 4,100 Community Health Workers to extend primary health care to the 1.2 million Liberians.
The Liberia’s Health Minister has been remarkably performing since she was serving as the Chief Medical Officer. In her bid to adequately sort out the many problems in the sector, she first conducted a health workforce study in 2008.
Following the study, Minister Dahn introduced a decentralization policy as a result of which Doctors began to receive an increase of One thousand United States Dollars as an encouragement to serve in the rural parts of the country.
Dr. Dahn is also on record for championing a scholarship scheme for health practitioners wanting to go to the rural to serve.
As part of her many achievements, the Liberia’s Health Minister also worked to standardize the salaries of health workers across the country to breach the disparity that accounted for de-motivation amongst health workers.