Liberia: MSF relaunches hospital programmes

MSF provides medical and logistical support to the 60-bed Harper Hospital in the eastern province of Maryland. The team oversees consultations and vaccination activities, mother and child health care and laboratory work. MSF is also rehabilitating the hospital and supplying medicine and medical material and has relaunched the hospital surgical programme. At the end of 1998, MSF closed Swedrelief Hospital in Monrovia but continued to work in the capital in Redemption Hospital. MSF also runs programmes in four clinics linked to the hospital in Montserrado county. MSF provides incentives to staff and helps with the management. Another programme runs in the hospital in Tubmanberg, Cape Mount. However, activities in Voinjama hospital, Lofa County are currently on standby following looting and insecurity in April 1999. Although most of the 700,000 refugees have been repatriated, there are still many displaced communities inside the country. In February 1998, renewed fighting in neighbouring Sierra Leone resulted in the arrival of 30,000 refugees in the north. MSF set up a refugee camp in Kolahun. Activities focus on the provision of drinking water and water and sanitation assistance. MSF also provides nutritional assistance for the most vulnerable refugees. In 1998, MSF ran a primary health care programme covering five counties including Monrovia. In Bong and Margibi counties, MSF teams support four clinics and prepare for emergencies such as cholera.