Liberia

National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL)

Tolbert Nyenswah, LLB, MPH - Director General

Telephone: +231 88 6558 612

www.nationalphil.org

Institute Profile

The National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) was created as a result of the unprecedented Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa that claimed the lives of more than 11,000 people and infected more than 28,000. The Ebola epidemic highlighted the need for the establishment of a public health institute in Liberia and in December 2016 the Bill to launch NPHIL passed through the Liberian legislature marking a critical milestone in its post-Ebola journey.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, NPHIL’s mission is to prevent and control public health threats by promoting healthy outcomes while serving as a source of knowledge and expertise. As the center of excellence for better health outcomes for Liberians through a strong health system, this Institute aims to strengthen existing infection prevention and control efforts, laboratories, surveillance, infectious disease control, public health capacity building, response to outbreaks, and monitor diseases with epidemic potential.

NPHIL Goals

  • Contribute to the development and sustainability of the public health workforce.
  • Develop, enhance, and expand the surveillance and response platform.
  • Develop and strengthen the laboratory system and public health diagnostics.
  • Develop, enhance, and expand process and structures to protect environmental and occupation health.
  • Expand, conduct, and coordinate public health and medical research to inform Liberian public health policies.
  • Ensure sustainable financing and operations of the NPHIL.

Additional Resources

Liberian Legislature Passes National Public Health Institute of Liberia

Liberia’s Health Sector Strengthening Partnership With Media

Liberia: Responding to the Hepatitis Epidemic - What Is Liberia's Public Health Sector Waiting For?

POPULATION: 4,503,00

SIZE: 111,369 sq km

GDP (USD): $2.106 billion

AVERAGE INCOME (USD): 790

LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH:

  • Lower Respiratory Infections
  • Malaria
  • Tuberculosis
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Stroke

INFANT MORTALITY:  65 deaths/1,000 live births

AVERAGE LIFESPAN 

  • Male: 60
  • Female: 63

Source: WHO, World Bank, World Health Rankings