This report outlines the activities and outcomes of the collaboration established in 2021 between the Ministry of Health – Government of Liberia and the Diseases Control Priorities 3 (DCP3) Country Translation project, hosted at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The collaboration aimed to support the government’s ongoing initiatives to accelerate progress towards universal health coverage (UHC), with a special focus on updating and prioritising the essential package of health services (EPHS). By improving access to essential health services, particularly for the poor and vulnerable, Liberia will reinforce efforts to meet its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the United Nations General Assembly Political Declaration on UHC.
The report provides an overview of the intensive work undertaken by the Ministry of Health as part of this collaboration. All the milestones of the operational plan endorsed by the Ministry have now been achieved. The report also offers a snapshot of the health and health financing situation in Liberia, the process undertaken to design the current version of the EPHS for UHC, the scenarios proposed for discussion with high-level policymakers, as well as the high-level decisions taken by the Ministry on the contents and financing of the EPHS.