Presentation on theme: "Annual Workshop of National Leprosy Control Program Managers and Partners June 27 – 29, 2011 Dakar, Senegal."— Presentation transcript:
Annual Workshop of National Leprosy Control Program Managers and Partners June 27 – 29, 2011 Dakar, Senegal
Country profile Liberia Health system National Leprosy and TB Control Program Analysis of indicators Current National Status Challenges Conclusion
Liberia is situated on the West Coast of Africa bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast It has a population of 3,476,608 million people Has a land space of 43,000 square miles GDP per capita is 222 Annual GDP growth rate is 4.6% There are 15 political sub divisions called counties.
The Liberia health system is currently being reformed through a ten year National Health Plan ( 2011 – 2021). A package of essential health services is being developed to improve the provision and quality of health services. The country’s health indicators are still unsatisfactory with infant mortality at 79.9 per 1000 live births; under five mortality at 110 per 1000 live births; and maternal mortality at 994 per 100,000 live births. There currently exist a joint program for tuberculosis and leprosy, however in the new ten year plan leprosy is being integrated under the NTD program.
The program is gradually expanding both leprosy and TB services to all health facilities in the country both public and private There is presently MDT coverage in 23( 16.7%) of the 137 districts in Liberia, with 24( 4.5%) health facilities provide MDT of the 522 health facilities. The NLTCP still has a challenge with capacity to diagnose and report leprosy cases as is reflected in the low coverage. :
The prevalence rate remained stable in 2008 and 2009 with a decrease in 2010. The case detection is steadily increasing as interventions are being scaled up in the high risk areas. There proportion of MB cases reported is higher than PB cases There is ongoing transmission in the population. The proportion of females and children has remained steady in the three years.
INDICATOR# of CASESPROPORTION Prevalence4951.42 Case detection48213.9 New cases MB3570.74 New cases children840.17 New cases with disability 00 New cases females1780.37
Lack of capacity of staff to diagnose leprosy Poor reporting and recording of leprosy data Inadequate funding for leprosy.
Liberia has committed herself to revise the leprosy situation in the country. An integrated NTD strategic plan has been developed covering five years. Included the plan is an active case finding strategy; introduction of the community based project; increased capacity building for staff at the health facility and a prevalence survey. Leprosy indicators have also been included into the integrated HMIS system for improved reporting and recording.