Building on the revitalization of its economy, Liberia developed a National Health policy and Plan (NHPP) intending to restore basic health services destroyed during the civil crises in the country. The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) developed a Primary Health Care approach encompassing decentralization, community empowerment and partnership. These objectives have been defined in the health sector policy and plan 2011-2021 and the Poverty Reduction Strategy – PRSII 2012 – 2017, both stressing the importance of making progress in maternal and new-born health (MDG 5). The Ebola epidemic of 2014 considerably affected Liberia’s health system reducing its ability to achieve the goals previously set, in particular toward reaching the MDG 5. The overall objective of this project is to contribute improving the health status of the Liberian Population in general and reducing maternal mortality in particular, by improving the access to and the quality of the Essential Package of Health Services which includes obstetric care.
EPOS contributes to the achievement of the objectives and targets set for 2016-2017 in the 10-years strategic health and Social welfare plan and in the Roadmap for the reduction of maternal mortality. This includes mentoring of local staff to contribute to sustainable reform and modernization of the health sector. EPOS is to produce a needs-based comprehensive Capacity Development Plan (human resources, institutional and system) for Central Office and County Health Team, covering : health planning and budgeting, accounting, financial management and reporting, contracting of health services; health information management; human resources management; assets management; supervision skills; logistic and supply management and Quality Assurance management. EPOS also provides support to the development of sector-wide common management arrangements: MoU between the MoHSW and donors; development of approach and ToR for annual independent health sector reviews; support to Counties Officers (CO) and County Health and Social Welfare Teams, with the implementation of the comprehensive capacity development plan. Our team also supports the CO with the development of annual/biannual reviews, plan and budgets; supporting the implementation of the Joint Assessment of National Health Strategies and Plans, the health Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) including support to the update of the sector resources envelope, support periodic reviews and evaluations, support validation exercises and expenditure tracking for compilation of Annual Review Reports. EPOS team is to identify and support the implementation of specific training activities to build a pool of qualified CO health planners.