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Although health services are being progressively restored in Liberia, important gaps persist, notably in specialised paediatric care and mental health.

It is estimated that 10 per cent of people in Liberia suffer from a mild to moderate mental health disorder, and 3 per cent suffer from a severe disorder. Epilepsy is also widespread, as past studies have shown a prevalence between 2.8 and 4.9 per cent. People with these conditions often lack access to treatment and face social stigma that can lead to exclusion from schools or jobs.

We support five health facilities in Montserrado County with diagnosis, treatment and essential medicines for people with mental health conditions and epilepsy. Our teams also supervise health workers in outpatient departments and make hospital referrals when necessary. In addition, we collaborate with psychosocial workers and volunteers to identify patients and work with families and communities to reduce social stigma.

Our activities in 2022 in Liberia

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2022.

MSF in Liberia in 2022 In Liberia, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs a mental health and epilepsy programme and supports paediatric care in a Ministry of Health facility in the capital, Monrovia.
Liberia IAR Map 2022

We opened our paediatric hospital – Barnesville Junction – in Monrovia in 2015, in the immediate aftermath of the Ebola epidemic. Barnesville Junction was an entirely MSF-run facility, separate from the public health system. From its inception, the intention was to support the Liberian Ministry of Health for a period of five years, to enable it to rebuild its capacity in paediatrics following the devastation caused by the Ebola epidemic.

With this timeframe now at an end, we closed Barnesville Junction and switched our focus to supporting Barnesville healthcare centre, a public health facility, where we provide inpatient paediatric care and staff supervision and training.

Elsewhere in Montserrado county, we continued to run a programme we set up in 2017 to respond to the lack of consultations, diagnosis, treatment and medication for people with mental health and neurological disorders, such as epilepsy, in the country. People with these conditions often face social stigma that can lead to exclusion from schools or jobs.

In 2022, we expanded our cohort of patients through five health facilities and community-based care. We treated all our patients on an outpatient basis, making hospital referrals when necessary. We also coordinated psychosocial workers and health volunteers to work with patients’ families and communities to address social stigma.

Additionally, we responded to measles outbreaks in five counties (Montserrado, Margibi, Sinoe, Nimba and Bomi), providing treatment for children at Barnesville Junction, and supporting the Ministry of Health with measles kits for the treatment of measles cases across the five counties.    


In 2022

Oxford University begins trial of possible Ebola treatment at MSF Treatment Centre in Liberia

Press Release 7 Jan 2015
Haemorrhagic fevers

Ebola crisis update - 18th December 2014

Crisis Update 18 Dec 2014
Monrovia Ebola Outreach team
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Ebola in Foya, Lofa county, northern Liberia

Ebola outbreak contained in Lofa County, MSF hands over activities

Crisis Update 11 Dec 2014
MSF Transit Unit at Redemption Hospital, Monrovia, Liberia

MSF Ebola Transit Unit to support the safe re-opening of Redemption Hospital for regular service

Project Update 5 Dec 2014
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Haemorrhagic fevers

International Ebola response slow and piecemeal, risks becoming a ‘double failure’, says MSF

Press Release 2 Dec 2014