The Ministry of Health in collaboration with its partners and with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) recently launched the National Policy and Strategic Plan on Health Promotion.
The overall goal of the Policy, which began this year, will end in 2021, is to strengthen health promotion implementation at the national, county and community levels. The National Policy addresses the social determinants of health and aims to improve the quality of health in line with the Government of Liberia’s “Investment Plan for Building a Resilient Health System.”
At the launching ceremony, Dr. Samson Arzoaquoi, the Assistant Minister of Health for Preventive Services, representing the Dr. Francis Kateh, Deputy Minister of Health/CMO, congratulated the Health Promotion Division for the launch and the Liberia Media kit which will guide and support implementation of health promotion across the country. Dr. Arzoaquoi expressed his appreciation to WHO and other key partners for supporting the process as he officially launched the program.
The Director of the Health Promotion Division, Ministry of Health, Reverend John Sumo, restated the commitment of the ministry to ensure that Liberians attain the highest possible standard of health through their full participation in mitigating risks.
He said with support from partners, the capacity of community radio journalists in health reporting has been strengthened, risk communication plan is being implemented, and distance learning by way of radio for community health volunteers has been established.
Dr. Alex Gasasira, WHO Country Representative to Liberia, in his message read by an official of the organization, Luwaga Liliane, congratulated the ministry and partners for the important milestone in the history of health promotion in Liberia.
Gasasira appealed to all parties to ensure that the interventions stipulated in the National Policy and Strategic Plan on Health Promotion are implemented.
He pledged WHO’s continued technical and financial support to the Ministry of Health.