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  LIBERIA - Country Profile Updated: March 2005  

AIDS Programmes

National Strategic Framework

A National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan for 2000 to 2003 is presently being revised for 2004-2007.

Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
P.O. Box 9009, Monrovia
Tel: +231 377 31 3790
Fax: +231 377 231 226317

National AIDS Control Programme
Contact person: Sara Beysolow-Nyanti
JFK Hospital Compound, 1000 Monrovia, Montserrado County, Liberia
Tel: +231 226193
Fax: +231 226210
Email:

HIV/AIDS Organisations:

  1. Association of Liberian People Living with AIDS (ALL+)
    Contact person: Stephen McGill
    Stop AIDS in Liberia (SAIL) Building
    Corner of Sekou Toure Ave/ Mechlin St
    P.O. Box 20-5472, 1000 Monrovia
    Tel: +231 377 47 539 947
    Email:
    · Home-based care services and psychological support to people living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

  2. Family Planning Association of Liberia (FPAL)
    Contact person: James Thompson
    P.O. Box 10-0938
    1000 Monrovia
    10 Liberia
    Tel: +231 377 47 513 897 / 377 47 551 454
    Fax: +231 377 227 614
    Email:
    Website: www.fpaliberia.netfirms.com

  3. Light Association of Liberia
    Contact person: Kpannah Jallah
    Benson Street, c/o National AIDS Control Programme, JFK Hospital Compound, 1000 Monrovia, Montserrado County, Liberia
    Tel: +231 377 47 537 478
    Email: /
    · Support and counselling, including home based care and visits.

  4. UN Theme Group on HIV/AIDS
    Contact person: Mr. Déji Popoola
    Tel: +231 226 219
    Fax: +231 226 210
    Email:
Country Indicators
Demographic data Year Estimate Source
Total population (thousands) 2004 3,487 UN population division database
Female population aged 15-24 (thousands) 2004 351 UN population division database
Population aged 15-49 (thousands) 2004 1,575 UN population division database
Annual population growth rate (%) 1992-2002 4.6 UN population division database
% of population in urban areas 2003 46.4 UN population division database
Average annual growth rate of urban population 2000-2005 5.3 UN population division database
Crude birth rate (births per 1,000 pop.) 2004 49.6 UN population division database
Crude death rate (deaths per 1,000 pop.) 2004 21.5 UN population division database
Maternal mortality rate (per 100,000 live births) 2000 760 WHO (WHR2004)/UNICEF
Life expectancy at birth (years) 2002 42 World Health Report 2004, WHO
Total fertility rate 2002 6.8 World Health Report 2004, WHO
Infant mortality rate (per 1,000 live births) 2000 136 World Health Report 2004, WHO
Under 5 mortality rate (per 1,000 live births) 2000 232 World Health Report 2004, WHO
For consistency reasons the data used in the above table are taken from official UN publications
Socio-economic data Year Estimate Source
Gross national income, ppp, per capita (Int.$)
Gross domestic product, per capita % growth 2001-2002 1.6 World Bank
Per capita total expenditure on health (Int.$) 2001 127 World Health Report 2004, WHO
General government expenditure on health as % of total expenditure on health 2001 75.9 World Health Report 2004, WHO
Total adult illiteracy rate 2000 46.5 UNESCO
Adult male illiteracy rate 2000 29.8 UNESCO
Adult female illiteracy rate 2000 63.3 UNESCO
Gross primary school enrolment ratio, male 2000/2001 not available UNESCO
Gross primary school enrolment ratio, female 2000/2001 not available UNESCO
Gross secondary school enrolment ratio, male 2000/2001 not available UNESCO
Gross secondary school enrolment ratio, male 2000/2001 not available UNESCO
For consistency reasons the data used in the above table are taken from official UN publications

Source: WHO/UNAIDS epidemiological fact sheets on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections, 2004 Update.
Email:
Epidemiological Fact Sheet
Estimated number of adults and children living with HIV/AIDS, end of 2003
These estimates include all people with HIV infection, whether or not they have developed symptoms of AIDS, alive at the end of 2003:
Adults and children 100,000  
Adults (15-49) 96,000 Adult rate(%) 5.9
Women (15-49) 54,000  
Children (0-15) 8,000  
Estimated number of deaths due to AIDS
Estimated number of adults and children who died of AIDS during 2003:
Deaths in 2003 7,200  
Estimated number of orphans
Estimated number of children who have lost their mother or father or both parents to AIDS and who were alive and under age 17 at the end of 2003:
Current living orphans 36,000  

Assessment of the epidemiological situation (2004)

Scant information on HIV prevalence is available for Liberia. No HIV sentinel surveillance system has yet been established. In Monrovia, 4 percent of antenatal clinic women tested positive for HIV in 1992 and 1993. In 1996 and 1997, HIV testing at various sites found no evidence of HIV infection among antenatal clinic attendees. In 1998, from an unspecified site, 10 percent of antenatal clinic attendees were found HIV positive. In 2002, HIV prevalence among women attending antenatal care clinics at 24 sites was 4.3 percent.

There is no information available on HIV prevalence among sex workers. In 1993, 8 percent of male STD clinic patients attending one site in Monrovia tested positive for HIV. The rate for female patients was 2 percent.



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