Although health services are being progressively restored in Liberia, important gaps persist, notably in under-funded areas such as specialised paediatric care and mental health.
We set up Bardnesville Junction Hospital, in the capital Monrovia. Our teaching hospital – validated by the Liberia Board of Nursery and Midwifery as a site for clinical skills training – provides specialised and emergency paediatric care, neonatology services, and management of complicated severe malnutrition.
We are also working with Montserrado county health authorities to provide free mental health and epilepsy treatment in Bensonville, Bromley, Clara Town and Pipeline.
Set up in September 2017, our community-based programme is helping build the skills of local clinical staff and community outreach workers, while helping patients, families and communities understand that mental health conditions and epilepsy can be effectively treated.
Saving children's lives in Liberia
Tanya Haj-Hassan is an MSF pediatrician from Philadelphia who worked at Bardnesville Junction Hospital in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, from April to October 2018.
We set up Bardnesville Junction Hospital in 2015 to provide urgently needed care for children during the Ebola epidemic, which claimed the lives of more than 200 Liberian medical workers and put a heavy strain on the country's medical system. The hospital now admits about 100 children a week for conditions including malaria, severe acute malnutrition, non-bloody diarrhea and respiratory tract infections.
Dr Haj-Hassan explains why child mortality remains so high and what the team at Bardnesville have done to help save more children's lives.