Knowledge Note

Since the end of the 14 years of devastating civil war in 2003, Liberia has made steady strides towards peace, stability, recovery and economic growth.1 A majority of the population continues to live in poverty with 84 percent of the population still subsisting on less than US $1.25 per day. One of the legacies of the two consecutive civil wars (1989–1996 and 1997–2003) is the devastation of basic infrastructure including the country’s health system. Currently, 80 percent of Liberia’s health services are provided by NGOs.3 Over the past five years, significant progress has been made in the health sector to improve access to health services in Liberia. Access to Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) has increased from 35 percent in 2009 to 80 percent in 2010