Liberia’s Broken System

Still struggling to recover from the crushing Ebola crisis, Liberia’s health systems now are attempting to cope with a spike in other infectious diseases and treatable infections.

Liberia has one of the highest TB burdens in the world, with 1 in 300 people infected and a cure rate in the country that has dipped to 28% from 55% pre-Ebola. Katherina Thomas reports on the alarming conditions inside the country’s hospitals attempting to treat patients.

“Whatever is happening now with regards to health in Liberia is the result of a broken system … If we truly want to address health issues in this country, it cannot be through isolated programs for, say, Ebola or tuberculosis,” says Dr. Maxo Luma, a TB expert who works in Liberia with the nonprofit Partners In Health.


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