Healthcare Scenario of Liberia


Are you planning to build or restructure or venture in any healthcare venture in Liberia? Looking for information about the major healthcare players in Government, Private diagnostic centers that are available in Liberia? Are you looking to find out which part of the of the city’s is best to venture in or what all facilities are available and what all should be planned for new setup? In this article Hospaccx Healthcare Consultancy has mapped all on major players in terms of medical facilities and healthcare scenario in Liberia.


Liberia officially the Republic of Liberia, is a country on the West African coast. It is bordered by Sierra Leone to its west, Guinea to its north and Ivory Coast to its east, the Atlantic Ocean to its south. English is the official language. The country’s capital and largest city is Monrovia. Liberia is divided into fifteen counties, which, in turn, are subdivided into a total of 90 districts and further subdivided into clans.

Population Mix


The Liberia, Costa Rica International Airport, officially named Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, is Liberia, Costa Rica’s main and only international airport. Its location, only a few miles from the closest beach, makes it an ideal gateway to some of the most spectacular and exclusive destinations in Costa Rica. Roberts International Airport informally also known as Roberts Field, is an international airport in the West African nation of Liberia. Located near the town of Harbel.


In 2017(est.), GDP (PPP) – $ 3.906 billion

GDP (growth rate) – 2.6%

GDP per capita – $ 900

GDP composition by sector – Agriculture – 36.1%

Industry – 10.5%

Services – 53.4%

  • Liberia is a low-income country that relies heavily on foreign assistance and remittances from the diasporas.
  • It is richly endowed with water, mineral resources, forests, and a climate favourable to agriculture.
  • Its principal exports are iron ore, rubber, diamonds, and gold.
  • Palm oil and cocoa are emerging as new export products.
  • The government has attempted to revive raw timber extraction and is encouraging oil exploration.

List of Major Corporates in Liberia

Growth Plans of Liberia 

The Third Poverty Reduction Support Development Policy Operation (PRSDPO-III)

Liberia is one of many nations that was severely affected by the Ebola crisis. This event, coupled with the United Nations Mission withdrawal from the country, has left Liberia’s economy in an upturned state. This development project will help the government’s reform efforts for stabilizing the economy by establishing a macroeconomic framework.

Liberia Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project

The country of Liberia, like many underdeveloped countries, needs to develop their infrastructure in order to fully develop as a nation. This development project in Liberia aims to provide emergency support to restore the Port of Monrovia and the Roberts International Airport. It also seeks to rehabilitate other port and aviation areas, according to the World Bank.

Cheeseman burg Landfill and Urban Sanitation Project

The purpose of this project is to increase access to solid waste management. Seventy-two percent of the country does not have access to sanitation facilities. Poor sanitation can lead to poor water quality. In fact, 24 percent of Liberia does not have access to a drinking water source. This project is vital in maintaining sanitation in the country.

Liberia Health Systems Strengthening Project

The state of the country’s health is lacking due to the recent Ebola crisis. The purpose of this project is to improve the quality of available healthcare services, such as maternal, neonatal and child health.

Healthcare Scenario of Liberia

Liberia Health Expenditure – 2014

Distribution of Healthcare ownership – 2016

In 2016, 62% were public hospitals and 38% were Private hospitals. Out of 38% private hospitals 18% were Private not for Profit and 82% were private for Profit.

The Department of Health Services comprises five divisions (i) Communicable and non-communicable Disease Division; (ii) Family Health Division; (iii) Diagnostics and Imaging Services Division; (iv) Pharmacy Division; and (v) Institutional Care Division.

The Communicable and Non-Communicable Disease Division is further divided into mental health unit, communicable disease prevention and control (HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria) unit, and non-communicable diseases and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) unit.

The Family Health Division is sub-divided into reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, gender and adolescent health unit, environmental and occupational health unit, expanded program for immunization (EPI) unit, and nutrition unit.

Diagnostics and imaging services division consists of radiology and biomedical technology unit, blood safety unit, laboratory unit, and county support services unit.

The Pharmaceutical Division consists of supply chain management unit, national drug service unit, and pharmacy unit.

The institutional care division consists of medical and dental services unit, nursing and midwifery services, complementary medicines unit, and quality improvement and management unit.

Distribution of Health Workforce- 2016

The above graph, shows the distribution of healthcare workforce in 2016. There were 752 total Doctors, 3077 and 1071 Nurses and Pharmacist respectively.

Hospitals and health care services in Liberia are confined to the capital Monrovia, with virtually no medical services outside of the city. The medical care that is available is very basic with shortages of equipment as well as adequately trained doctors and healthcare staff. Following the civil war, Liberia continues to lack road infrastructure, access to water, electricity, and landlines; all which make it very difficult for the country to stabilize its economic, social and health care standards.

The main public hospitals in Liberia are the John F. Kennedy Hospital and the Redemption Hospital, based in Monrovia. Both facilities provide basic health care and non specialized medical services. There are no emergency stabilization services in Liberia. Blood screening services are inadequate, as such blood transfusions are not considered safe in Liberia.

The Monrovia Memorial Hospital is regarded as the best hospital in Liberia. The private hospital provides diagnostic, radiology, general surgery, inpatient and outpatient services.

The majority of all health care services in Liberia are funded and supported by international and religious organizations.

Diseases in Liberia

Health care status is relatively poor across the country. Communicable diseases are highly prevalent, including HIV/AIDS, malaria, diarrheal and respiratory illnesses. Liberia lacks access to basic health care resources, and education on health prevention and sanitation; together these issues increase the transmission of communicable diseases. The prevalence of HIV/AIDS is higher in city areas, compared to rural areas of the country. Child morbidity is very high; around 1 in 4 children die before the age of five.

Outbreaks of communicable diseases are common throughout Liberia, particularly during the rainy season.

Communicable diseases in Liberia include cholera, typhoid, lassa fever, malaria, hepatitis, polio and tuberculosis. These medical conditions require immediate medical attention and can be fatal if left untreated.

Due to the limited medical services in Liberia, a serious medical illness will require emergency evacuation to a hospital overseas.

Anaemia, malnutrition and over nutrition are contributing factors among women and children.

According to 2015 MOH annual reports about 3.4% of under-five diseases is caused directly by anaemia and malnutrition and many more indirectly.

UNICEF and non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, are working with the Ministry of Health to increase the awareness regarding malnutrition.

HIV/AIDS is one of the biggest diseases that has affected Liberia. In 2015, 284 neonates born to HIV positive pregnant mothers were placed on antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs. A total of 54,753 pregnant women were counselled for HIV and 98% (53,817) of those counselled were tested.

List of Medical Colleges in Liberia

1.University of Liberia

It is a publicly funded institution of higher learning located in Monrovia, Liberia. Established in 1862.

2.Cuttington University

It is a private university in SuacocoLiberia. Founded in 1889. 

List of Hospitals in Liberia

1.Saint Joseph´s Catholic Hospital

The Hospital has 141 beds distributed in different wards, 3 ICU beds, 4 operating rooms. It is a mission hospital, established in 1963.

2.John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center

It is the national medical center of Liberia, located in the Sinkor district of Monrovia. It was opened with the support of the United States of America in 1971.

The Memorial Hospital has 500 bed capacities.

It is one of the components of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center located in Monrovia, Liberia. Established in 2010.

3.ELWA Hospital

It was founded by SIM in 1965. It is a full-service 85-bed health care institution, including a large 18-bed emergency room, three operating rooms.

List of Single Speciality in Liberia

1.Trinity Dental Clinic (TDC)

It is located at the old ELWA hospital site on the ELWA campus in Paynesville, Liberia.

2.Edward S. Grant Health Hospital

It is also known as Mental Hospital was founded in 1994. The hospital has occupancy of 80 beds.

List of Diagnostic Centres in Liberia


Communicable diseases are the major suffering of the population. Creating awareness regarding communicable diseases mainly HIV/AIDS would help in reducing the number of HIV patients. The Healthcare services are yet out of reach to huge population. Population outside the capital face insufficient number of hospitals, healthcare professional, medical equipment’s which delays or hampers the treatment of the patients. The country need hospitals and resources to provide it to their population.

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