Liberia Ebola Infection Prevention and Control Activity

Dates: 2014-2016

Country: Liberia

Client(s): OFDA

Service: Training

Technical Expertise: Emergency Preparedness, Health Care Waste Management, Infectious Diseases

In the face of the Ebola outbreak, it is imperative that the Liberian health system continues to provide basic health services even while addressing the Ebola epidemic. For this to happen, Liberian health care workers (HCWs) and health facility staff must be effectively informed and protected. Adequate supplies of personal protection equipment (PPE) provided with proper training on effective infection prevention and control (IPC) practices will help restore and maintain HCWs’ confidence. Health care professionals and facility support staff must be trained to protect themselves from Ebola infection so that they can safely remain at, or return to, their posts and effectively care for patients.

The Liberian Healthcare Worker Personal Protection Equipment Rapid Response and Infection Control Training Plan, also known as IPC Activity, is an eight-month project providing support to the Liberia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) to interrupt the ongoing transmission of the Ebola virus and to establish a culture of safety in all of Liberia’s 15 counties.

The two main objectives of the project are: 1) Training HCWs in IPC who are operating in non-Ebola Training Units (non-ETUs); and 2) Ensuring that needed IPC supplies and equipment are distributed in a process that meets accepted standards.

Activities include:

  • Training of HCWs and health facility staff in non-ETUs on IPC (using the Keep Safe Keep Serving training package)
  • Training of county and district supervisors on IPC fundamentals
  • Periodic support supervision of HCWs and facility staff on adherence to recommended IPC practices
  • Training of county pharmacists and county drug depot staff on IPC supply management
  • Ensuring last-mile distribution of PPEs
  • Constructing of 10 incinerators for waste management
  • Monitoring and evaluation
The IPC Activity is supported by USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and implemented by John Snow, Inc.

View a photo essay, "Last Mile Distribution: Challenges on the Road to Delivering Infection and Prevention and Control Supplies in Liberia", which chronicles the transportation obstacles faced in maintaining the supply chain within the Infection Prevention and Control Activity.

Watch "Keep Safe, Keep Serving--Strengthening Infection Prevention in Liberia," a short documentary film on how JSI staff are working through the IPC project to ensure that infection and prevention control practices are standardized throughout the country.

Read the blog post by Emily Dantzer on Reproductive health: The biggest casualty of the Ebola epidemic?

The International Office of Migration has also featured JSI's work in a September 1, 2015, blog post Training Health Workers to Build a Resilient Health System