Liberia: A Contraceptive Security Assessment, March 2007
(2007; 80 pages)

Abstract

An assessment of the contraceptive security situation (CS) in Liberia was carried out by a team of DELIVER consultants working with the Family Health Division of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW.) Using an adapted SPARHCS (Strategic Pathway towards Reproductive Health Commodity Security) framework and tool, the team reviewed documents, met with stakeholders and visited health facilities for the public, nongovernmental and commercial sectors in five of the fifteen counties in Liberia. This assessment will serve as the basis for the development of a national CS strategy. Liberia is facing many challenges in rebuilding its health infrastructure following many years of conflict. Chief among these is the transition from emergency assistance provided by international non-governmental organizations, who essentially manage public health facilities, to a more sustainable development type assistance where help is channeled to the MOHSW with the goal of enabling that institution to provide services directly. This period of transition will be difficult and has implications for CS. There is a strong commitment to family planning at the highest levels of the Government of Liberia but there are significant challenges to be faced in translating that commitment into operational plans and delivery of products and services. A particular challenge will be to transition from an essentially vertical contraceptive supply chain to an integrated system with other essential drugs managed by the National Drug Services

 
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