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Government of Liberia signs Int’l Health Partnership Country Compact

MOHR/Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.
Ministry of Health,Liberia
Ministry of Health,Liberia

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Health, has signed the International Health Partnership Country Compact.

Development partners, including the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO) affixed their signatures to the document.

The official signing ceremony was held Thursday at the just-ended three-day National Health Financing Conference at the Monrovia City Hall.

The IHP Plus Compact, being an important instrument to providing for aid’s effectiveness ,will enable the Health Ministry and development partners to work together in a more coordinating manner.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Health Minister, Dr.Bernice Dahn, said the compact will allow for an alignment of the Country’s health programs with those of the development partners.

A Health Ministry release quotes Minister Dahn as saying the Compact’s signing demonstrates government’s commitment to transparency and accountability, and it marks a significant milestone to the health sector.

He described the three-day discussions as successful and attributed the conference’s success to stakeholders’ strong commitment to advancing the Government’s Health Reforming Agenda.

The release also noted that there has been incremental progress, including the Country’s health sector that inherited a seven million United States Dollar budget in 2006 without any health policy and plan.

The conference convened by the Ministry brought together stakeholders to dialogue on how to design and implement a Health Financing reform to enable the country achieve the Universal Health Coverage.

At the opening of the conference Thursday, the Director General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia, Tolbert Nyenswah, said:’ Laboratory investigation is a critical link to any effective public system.“

He described training and capacity building of laboratory system and technologists as essential for a robust and sustainable health system.

The meeting is designed to strengthen linkages of public diagnostic laboratories, and its objective is to revise the current National Laboratory Diagnostic Policy to reflect the ongoing health Sector reforms.

It is being done through synergies between the National Public Health Institute of Liberia and the Health Ministry.

The meeting is also intended to delineate the roles and responsibilities, as well as updating existing standard operating procedures (SOPs).


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