Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of Liberia
  • Gained independence from US in 1847
  • Capital city is Monrovia (pop. 1.264 million)
  • Divided into 15 counties
  • Population: 4,195,666
  • Official language: English
  • Climate: tropical
  • Economy based on foreign aid/investment;  principal exports are iron ore, rubber, gold, and timber
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • One of the world’s poorest countries
  • Literacy rate: 47.6%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A republic
  • President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (since 2006)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 725/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 67.5/1,000 births
  • Life expectancy: 58.6 years
  • Health expenditures: 10% GDP
  • Physician density: 0.01/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 0.8/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 1.17%
  • Infectious disease risk: very high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, schistosomiasis, Lassa fever, rabies
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

Images From the Field


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Mobile clinics in villages situared in the County of Nimba, Liberia. Following post election violence and tension in Ivory Coast, more than 38.000 Ivorians are reported to have fled their country and cross the border to Liberia. Since January 2011, MSF has set up mobile clinics in several locations of the County of Nimba,  on the Liberian side of the border,  to provide primary health care to both local population and refugees scattered in this region, called the County of Nimba.
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