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Global Health Security in Liberia

Building Response Capabilities in Liberia after Ebola

CDC works with the Government of Liberia and partners to improve health systems and outcomes by building on existing capacities, as well as those that were developed during the response to the Ebola epidemic. During the recovery, efforts continue to help strengthen those public health systems created as a result of the epidemic and to support specific programs that meet the needs of Ebola survivors.

Our activities support the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), which aims to improve countries’ abilities to prevent, detect, and respond to health threats. In Liberia, we are doing this by focusing on key activities to:

  • build surveillance systems that monitor cases of infectious diseases
  • improve the safety and quality of national laboratory systems
  • develop the skills of the public health workforce
  • establish emergency operations centers that can quickly launch coordinated response to a public health threat.

The 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic in West Africa was the largest in history. Liberia and the other affected countries suffered significant loss of human life that continues to impact communities and health systems.   In the wake of the outbreak, there have been a number of additional cases/clusters of Ebola. CDC assists with detection and control of these cases/clusters, while supporting research and programs designed to meet the needs of survivors. Our experience in Liberia has demonstrated the importance of having the capacity to detect and respond to health threats early and close to the source, stopping future outbreaks before they become epidemics.

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John T. Redd, MD, MPH, FACP, CAPT, U.S. Public Health Service


John T. Redd

“The devastating 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic showed us that in today’s interconnected world, health events in distant countries can rapidly threaten global health security. Liberia’s ability to respond to health threats has improved a great deal, but there is still more work to do. CDC and partners continue to work closely with the Liberian Ministry of Health to strengthen the country’s ability to prevent health threats, detect potential outbreaks, and respond rapidly to emergencies.”

John T. Redd, MD, MPH, FACP, CAPT, U.S. Public Health Service – Medical Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Desmond Williams, MD, PhD

“The Ebola outbreak is a good example of what the Global Health Security Agenda is designed to address. Through our work on GHSA, the people and government of Liberia are now in a position to detect and quickly respond to sporadic outbreaks of Ebola. This capability is a direct result of strengthening surveillance, lab and sample transport systems, implementing emergency management systems, training surveillance officers with CDC’s Field and Epidemiology Training Program, and training health care workers on how to safely provide care for the people of Liberia without putting themselves at risk.”

Desmond Williams, MD, PhD CDC Country Director, Liberia

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