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Joint External Evaluation of IHR Core Capacities of the Republic Of Liberia - 2016
Since June 2007, countries are strengthening the core capacities required for the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR (2005)). Under article 54 of the IHR (2005), countries were selfreporting annually their implementation status to World Health Assembly. IHR review committees and various expert panels recommended the review of events, and voluntary independent external evaluation. As a result of IHR review committees and recommendations, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners developed the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) based on available tools such as the IHR monitoring questionnaire, the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) assessment and others.
This assessment was a WHO-led IHR (2005) core capacity assessment using the IHR JEE tool. An international, multisectoral team of experts (nominated by the JEE Secretariat) and observers from Eritrea and South Africa participated in the week-long assessment which took place from 5 to 9 September 2016, in Monrovia Liberia. In the WHO African Region, Liberia is the fourth country to volunteer for the JEE, after the United Republic of Tanzania, Ethiopia and Mozambique. Importantly, Liberia is the first country in West Africa to undergo the JEE and also the first country where the WHO Regional Office for Africa was the sole organizer of the JEE and also the team lead. All the 19 technical areas of the JEE tool were assessed. Liberia first completed a self-assessment using the JEE tool. The results of this assessment, including self-assessed scores for the 19 technical areas, were then presented to the External Evaluation Team (EET).
The EET and host country experts participated in a facilitated discussion to jointly assess Liberia’s current strengths, areas which need strengthening and priority actions; scores were developed through a process of consensus. Technical area scores, supporting information and specific recommendations for priority actions are provided under the technical area sections of this report. The results of the assessment and observations of the host country’s health security preparedness were presented to Minister of Health (Hon. Dr Bernice T. Dahn), the Senator on the health committee in the Senate and former Minister of Health (Hon. Dr Peter Coleman), senior Government officials from the Ministry of Health and several other ministries and Government departments, representatives from donor and technical partner agencies, county health officials, and the media