Liberia in Context

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Liberia in Context

Liberia in context
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Liberia is located in the West African sub-region and comprises a total area of 111,369 square kilometres (or 69,201 square miles). It has a tropical climate with an average annual rainfall of 168 inches and a rainy season lasting more than six months, making it one of the wettest countries in the world. It borders Sierra Leone to the west, Côte d'Ivoire to the east, Guinea to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south.

Administratively, the country is divided into 5 regions, 15 counties and 88 districts. There are more than 200 chiefdoms or clans and 3,694 towns. The country has a population of approximately 4.2 million people and an average annual growth rate of 2.1 per cent.

Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world, with approximately 64 per cent of the population living on less than US$1 per day. Transport and communications networks are limited and the availability of energy sources is low, in particular outside of the capital city of Monrovia.

Liberia has made commendable progress in strengthening healthcare for children and reducing high child mortality rates since the end of the 14-year civil conflict in 2003. The country has achieved a remarkable average annual reduction of 5.4 per cent in its child mortality rate since 1990. However, coverage of basic healthcare services across the country remains inequitable and inadequate. According to the most recent Liberia Demographic and Health Survey (LDHS, 2013), under-five and infant mortality rates are at 94 and 54 per 1,000 live births, respectively, with the maternal mortality ratio at a very high 1,072 per 100,000 live births. 


Unicef In Liberia
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UNICEF in Liberia

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work for the benefit of all children in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action with special focus on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children. UNICEF’s work in Liberia is outlined in the five year Programme of Cooperation 2013-2017, signed by the Government of Liberia and UNICEF. The key objective of the programme is to achieve national priorities and results under the Government of Liberia’s medium-term strategy, the Agenda for Transformation (AfT). UNICEF Liberia’s key areas of work focuses primarily on:

(a)Ensuring equal access to high-quality free and compulsory basic education and a variety of post-basic education/training opportunities;

(b)Improving the health, nutrition and welfare of the population on an equitable basis;

(c) Increasing access to safe water and sanitation and improve hygiene practices; and 

(d) Protecting the poorest and most vulnerable households and groups from poverty, deprivation, hunger and malnutrition, and support them in attaining a minimum standard of living.

UNICEF’s Country Programme is aligned with the UN One Programme 2013-2017 in Liberia. UNICEF is a key partner to the Government of Liberia. With its mandate, knowledge, country presence and operational capacities, UNICEF supports the Government and works with other UN agencies and partners to bring about change and help every child reach their full potential.



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