The Government of Liberia and the United States Agency for International Development or USAID Tuesday signed a new five-year US$59.1 million Fixed Amount Reimbursement Agreement or FARA at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in Monrovia to strengthen primary health care service delivery in Liberia.
The new FARA, which runs from 2016-2020, follows a previous four-year agreement that supported the successful implementation of Liberia’s National Health and Social Welfare Policy and Plan from 2011-2015. Under that agreement, USAID reimbursed the Government of Liberia for the cost of implementing an agreed upon set of activities delivered under the National Health and Social Welfare Policy Plan.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn, said four years ago in 2011, the National Health Policy and Plan, products of the process was elaborated. Since 2011, FARA has been a direct financial and technical support to the implementation Plan.
Dr. Dahn also said over the four years, the US$42million FARA was used in the health sector of Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties, benefiting one-third of Liberia’s population. She assured the Ministry of Health’s commitment to achieving three cardinal objectives of the new FARA, which seek to improve Public Financial Management; Strengthen MOH’s performance Management and increase the use of quality and community based health services.
For his part, the Mission Director of USAID Dr. Anthony S. Clan said, the FARA continues a history of innovation began under the first FARA by counting to channel assistance directly through a line ministry in Liberia. He also noted that for the first time, an escrow account has been created for the FARA within the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, further improving the efficiency and effectiveness of this assistance.
Finance Minister Amara Konneh, thanked the Government of the United States for its continued assistance to the health sector here.
By Ethel A. Tweh