Understanding a country´s baseline operative actors and capacity is critical to improving the quality of healthcare services and outcomes. CapaCare have long been in discussion with stakeholders in Liberia regarding the potential establishment of a surgical task-shifting program in the country. As a part of this effort a joint research team is currently conducting a nationwide mapping of surgical providers, infrastructure and output. A similar baseline study was conducted in Sierra Leone and its recommendations laid the foundation of the surgical training program there. The mapping of surgical providers and their distribution will provide the stakeholders with information on the met and unmet needs in Liberia. The hope is that the research will form a basis for discussion on whether the implementation similar program is appropriate.
Norwegian medical student Håvard Adde(left) and Theophilus C. Hampaye(right) of the Liberian Physicians Assistant Association make up part of the research team.