Evaluation of the introduction and usage of chlorhexidine in selected facilities in Liberia

Publish Date: February 2014
Author: MCHIP, Save the Children, Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
Language: English

MCHIP and partners supported the introduction of chlorhexidine for umbilical cord care in Liberia in 2013. The primary purpose of MCHIP’s involvement was to assist the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and partners to:

  1. Lay the foundation for the scale-up of this intervention in the country; and
  2. Develop a policy for the use of chlorhexidine for umbilical cord care of all babies born in Liberia.

The MOHSW adopted the policy in April 2013 and steps were initiated to include 7.1% chlorhexidine digluconate for cord care in Liberia’s Essential Medicines List.

This report illuminates achievements of these efforts as MCHIP support was coming to an end. The objectives were:

  • To review the process for the introduction of chlorhexidine as the standard of care for umbilical cord care and current implementation status; and
  • To provide recommendations for improvement of the chlorhexidine intervention.

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