The Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will today Friday, launch the Human Resources for Health (HRH) program.
Jhpiego’s Acting Chief of Party (COP), Mrs. Marion Subah, told the Daily Observer yesterday at her office in Monrovia that the objectives of the program are to officially launch and introduce MCSP/HRP to various pre-service education training institutions; regulatory and professional bodies; relevant stakeholders and partners.
She said the program is also to review the task analysis and baseline assessment results, and then identify areas of collaboration in the work-plan from targeted training institutions, regulatory and professional bodies.
The program is scheduled to be hosted at a resort in Monrovia It is expected to bring together the Minister of Health, Dr. Bernice Dahn, with key partners in the health sector including Dr. Anthony S. Chan, USAID-Liberia Mission Director, and MCSP/HRH staff, Harriette Mondaye, among others.
The program is supporting the Liberian government’s commitment to strengthen the country’s health workforce through the new MCSP/HRH project.
The project, according to Mrs. Subah, is focused on strengthening pre-service education for registered midwives (RMs) and medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) in targeted institutions throughout the country.
She said the MCSP aims to strengthen and expand a fit-for-purpose, productive, and motivated health workforce to end preventable child and maternal deaths.
“Liberia’s health workforce remains significantly below the levels needed to reach the national targets for 2021 laid out in the National Health and Social Welfare Human Resources Policy and Plan 2011–2021,” Mrs. Subah said.
She said the greatest workforce shortages were reported among midwives and laboratory personnel. In addition, pre-service education programs for these two professions are at 50 percent or lower capacity, according to the government’s National Investment Plan 2015–2021.
The overarching goal of the MCSP/HRH project is to strengthen the capability and resilience of the country’s frontline health workforce to rapidly mitigate the second-order impacts of the Ebola virus disease through a targeted technical approach focused on clinical competency of frontline midwives and laboratory technicians.
The MCSP/HRH project, Mrs. Subah said, will achieve its goal by improving pre-service training of midwives and laboratory personnel.
“These professional groups play a critical role in reducing the unacceptably high maternal and newborn mortality rates, implementing the national epidemic response and preparedness program, and conducting accurate testing for appropriate diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as malaria,” she said.