The co-founder of the international social justice and health organization, Partners in Health, Dr. Paul Farmer, has disclosed plans to transform the J.J Dossen Hospital in Maryland County, southeast Liberia to a regional referral hospital with his organization serving as implementing partner.
“This selection is consistent with the seven-year Health Plan of the Ministry of Health that particularly targets the John F. Kennedy Hospital, Redemption Hospital, Phebe Hospital and the J.J. Dossen Hospital, which Partners in Health will implement,” Dr. Farmer explained.
He said the regional referral hospital will be modelled after the over US$4 million district referral hospital in Rwanda that incorporates all major services that are generally offered by a standard referral hospital and will serve the people of south-eastern Liberia.
According to the U.S physician and anthropologist, the J.J.Dossen Hospital will also serve as a teaching hospital for the training of healthcare workers that are required for an effective and functional healthcare system in Liberia following years of civil war and the deadly Ebola crisis.
According to a press release from the office of Maryland County Senator Gbehgbo Brown,Dr. Farmer made the disclosure over the weekend when he and the Executive Director of Partners in Health, Dr. Gary Gottlieb, were received in audience by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her office in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He told President Sirleaf that staffing, health education as well as an X-ray machine and other laboratory equipment have been provided the J.J. Dossen Hospital.
For his part, Dr.Gottlieb indicated that the overall work of Partners in Health in Liberia targets the deployment of over 11,000 community health workers in the entire country with about 400 of those currently involved with their work in Maryland County where Dr. Gary Gottlieb himself is based.
They then thanked President Sirleaf for affording them the opportunity to meet with her and discussed, and for allowing them to work in Liberia. -Press Release