EXPANDING HEALTH ACCESS WITH CONNECTED TRANSPORT

Liberia: Expanding Health Access with Connected Transport Services In the 15 years that have passed since Liberia emerged from a civil war, the country still is recovering from the near total destruction of its infrastructure.

Roads need repairs, schools need upgrades, and the health system is trying to recover from losing 242 of its 293 health facilities. Health care workers were slow to return after the war, leaving far too few doctors and nurses to serve the country’s 4.85 million people. Adding to the healthcare situation is the fact that much of the country is rural, with few good roads, especially during the rainy season. Efforts to rebuild and re-populate health care facilities have been further depressed by low budgets, remote locations, and the challenges of allocating limited funds to competing priorities. This slow pace of rebuilding is similar to other countries attempting to recover from the damaging effects of war, compounded by challenging, often hostile geographies to overcome. The outbreak and rapid spread of the Ebola virus in 2014-2015 brought the health crisis in Liberia to the attention of health agencies worldwide.