In early 2016, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) established a research collaboration in Liberia with the Saint Joseph’s Catholic Hospital (SJCH) and the Liberia Medicines and Health Regulatory Authority (LMHRA). With funding from the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership, two ISGlobal-led projects started. Both aiming at building hospital and regulatory authority staff capacities to conduct research on infectious diseases. Read more on ““It’s All About Trust” – Qualitative Research At SJCH”
Research and development of preventive and therapeutic interventions for emerging pathogens have been difficult to maintain in the past once outbreaks come to an end.
In Liberia, much of the research on Ebola ended when the outbreak faded in 2016 even though sustained funding could have led to further the development of vaccine candidates and other therapies for Ebola. Read more on “IGORCADIA Graduates Trainees in Diagnostic Research”
Mr Xisco Muñoz Espuig, a graduate in Sociology and Political Sciences and Consultant in International Cooperation visited Monrovia last 28th June to conduct lectures about the importance of the data in any research project. Read more on “IGORCADIA Conducts Training on The Importance of Data In Research”
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed by Mr David Sumo (Liberia Medicines & Health Products Regulatory Authority Managing Director) and Brother Peter Lansana Dawoh (Saint Joseph Catholic Hospital Director) in a ceremony held June 26th 2019. The purpose of this meeting was to set the terms and understanding between the Liberian partners of the IGORCADIA project. Read more on “LMHRA & St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital signs MOU on IGORCADIA”
A Spanish Television crew has launched a three part Documentary on medical facilities and Health Care delivery after visiting Liberia and Sierra Leone. The RTVE crew while in the two countries, covered happenings at the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia and the St. John of God hospital in Lunsar, Sierra Leone. Read more on “Spanish TV Crew visit Liberia and Sierra Leone, launches three part Documentary”
The IGORCADIA project started in December 2017 and is led by the Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal) in collaboration with the NGO Juan Ciudad Foundation (FJC), the Liberian Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA) and the Saint Joseph’s Catholic Hospital (SJCH), in Monrovia, where all activities take place. One year on, the project, through its manager Dr. Cristina Munoz catalogs activities conducted in its first year. Read more on “IGORCADIA Project Catalog one Year Progress”
IGORCADIA Project Promotes Equal Opportunities in Science and Research from a Gender Perspective at SJCHJanuary 14th, 2019 by SJCH
The IGORCADIA Project, which takes place in Monrovia, Liberia, in collaboration with the public institution “Regulatory Authority of Medicines and Health Products of Liberia” (LMHRA) and the Saint Joseph Catholic Hospital (SJCH), with the support of Juan Ciudad Foundation (FJC), is highly committed to promoting equal opportunities in science and research from a gender perspective among participating institutions. Read more on “IGORCADIA Project Promotes Equal Opportunities in Science and Research from a Gender Perspective at SJCH”
Dr. Cristina Munoz has shared her experience working at St. Joseph Catholic Hospital three months after arriving in Liberia as the head of the IGORCADIA PROJECT. Read more on “IGORCADIA PROJECT MANAGER SHARES HER EXPERIENCE AFTER THREE MONTHS”
Almost three years ago, shortly after the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, ISGlobal launched a project to build health research capacities in the Saint Joseph’s Catholic Hospital (SJCH) in Monrovia, in collaboration with the Juan Ciudad Foundation. Read more on “St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital Director visit Spain”
The Global Forum on Bioethics in Research held a meeting in Cape Town (South Africa) last November 13th -14th 2018. Read more on “St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital participates in the Global Forum on Bioethics in Research (GFBR)”
A training on Financial Statements Format was organized by the St. Augustine Province of Africa for heads of finance of various centers with the aim of achieving the following: Find solution to financial challenges, work on the control of expenditures, apply procurement procedures and look at the weakness and strengths of the province. Read more on “St. Augustine Province Holds Training on Financial Statements Format in Accra Ghana.”
Just over one year after its conclusion, the SELeCT project has published its third article resulting from a series of activities aimed at strengthening research capacities in Liberia. The project, that started in February 2016 and ended in August 2017, was funded by the EDCTP and led by ISGlobal – an institution supported by “la Caixa” Foundation- in collaboration with the Juan Ciudad Foundation and the Saint Joseph’s Catholic Hospital (SJCH) in Monrovia. Read more on “SELeCT Bears Fruit in Liberia”
Improved Governance and Research Capacities in Diagnostic for infectious Diseases (IGORCADIA) of the Liberia Medicines and Health Product Regulatory Authority (LMHRA), afforded the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital through its nursing director Mrs. Christine Tarr-Attia, the opportunity to participate in a three days workshop on GCP-GCLP in Johannesburg, South Africa – June 12-14 2018. Read more on “St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital Participates in a Training in South Africa”
Friday July 20, 2018 was a day filled with mixed feelings and a few tears as four long serving staff of the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital were retired. Read more on “Four Staff Retired for Long Service”
My Personal Experience At The Joint Interprovincial Leadership Training Held In Afagna, Togo From the 11th To 15th June, 2018.July 2nd, 2018 by SJCH
After the Provincial Chapters of the St. Augustine Province-Africa and the St. Richard Pampuri Province in March, 2018 and following the subsequent appointments of the Provincial Counselors, Superiors, Formators and Directors of the two young and dynamic African Provinces, it was agreed that a joint leadership training would be organized for the appointed leaders in Africa before they could start their mandates. Read more on “My Personal Experience At The Joint Interprovincial Leadership Training Held In Afagna, Togo From the 11th To 15th June, 2018.”
Liberia’s First Lady Madam Clar Weah on yesterday visited little Ama Geeplay at the St. Joseph Catholic in Monrovia. Madam Weah’s visit was upon the request of the Ministry of Gender who took up little Ama’s case since her both hands were burned by a family member in January of this year. Read more on “Liberia’s First Lady visit little Ama Geeplay at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital”
A new playroom has been turned over to the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital management by Project Liberia Support. The playroom is to be used by children admitted to the pediatric ward for recreation during recovery. Read more on “ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC HOSPITAL GETS A NEW PLAYROOM.”
A staff of the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital has expressed gratitude to management, after returning from Ghana, where he attended a three day workshop for Hospitals using the Patient Health Information System (PHIS). The training workshop which brought together representatives from all hospitals using PHIS was held in Kumasi, Ghana. Read more on “St. Joseph IT Administrator Attends PHIS Training In Kumasi, Ghana”
The vice president of the Republic of Liberia His Excellency Joseph Nyumah Boakai visited the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital and made some donations in commemoration of his 73rd birthday celebration. Read more on “Liberia’s Vice President Visit St. Joseph Catholic Hospital, Makes Donations”
A three days workshop was recently concluded at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital by ISGlobal, to mark the close of an eighteen month project titled Strengthening Laboratory Capacities for Clinical Trials on infectious diseases or SELeCT for short. Read more on “ISGlobal Conducts A Workshop To Mark the End Of SELeCT Project”
A Team of doctors headed by Doctor Adel Guirguis is on a one week medical mission at St. Joseph Catholic Hospital. Read more on “A Team of Ophthalmologist Visit St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, Perform Surgeries for Cataract”
The management of the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital headed by Bro. Peter Lansana Dawoh, on Saturday unveiled a monument in honor of the fallen heroes and heroines of the hospital, who lost their lives during the Ebola crisis in 2014. Read more on “St. Joseph Catholic Hospital Unveils Monument to honor staffs who died during the Ebola Epidemic”
Several construction projects are simultaneously ongoing at the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Congo Town, Monrovia. Read more on “St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital Expands Facility…Construct New Buildings”
A team of nine doctors headed by Dr. Javier Salmen is currently carrying on surgery for women with Fistula at the St Joseph Catholic Hospital in Monrovia. The team, which consists of both surgeons and gynecologist, arrived on November 25, 2016, and is expected to be in the country for two weeks.
Read more on “Fistula Team Visit St. Joseph Catholic Hospital”
Last month of July, fourteen selected staff members of SJCH, three members of the Liberian Medicines & Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA) and one member of the ‘Stella Maris Polytechnic Mother Patern College of Health Sciences’received a four-day training on ‘Good Clinical Practices’ and ‘Good Laboratory Practices’ in biomedical research.The course is part of a European-funded project (SELeCT) that aims to buildinstitutional capacities to conduct clinical trials by training hospital personnel on clinical trial conduct, upgrading laboratory infrastructure, and building community trust in health research. Read more on “SJCH Staff Members Participate in a Course to Strengthen Capacities in Biomedical Research”
Yesterday, August 2nd, our beloved Brother and Hospital Director Patrick Nshamdze died in ELWA Hospital in Monrovia at age 52, after 23 years of religious proffession.
Br Patrick, born in Cameroon, was tested Ebola positive on July 29, after being sick for two weeks. He had been previously tested on July 18, with a negative result.
All of us who form the family of the Saint Joseph´s Catholic Hospital and the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God ask for your prayers for his soul.
The worst epidemic of ebola in History
The outbreak of ebola in West Africa is the biggest in History, and it is the first time that affects several countries at the same time: Liberia, Guinea Conakry and Sierra Leona. First cases were detected in January 2014, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared oficially the epidemic in March.
From then on, cases of this disease –with a mortality rate over 90%– had increased, with 518 deaths up to date, which makes this epidemic the most serious, besides it being the first time that the disease outbreaks in this region. Previous known eruptions happened in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.
Hospitals of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God in Sierra Leona and Liberia are taking care of patients with ebola, in coordination with the Ministries of Health, which count on scant resources and facilities to face this epidemic, and that is why it is so urgent to control and stop the progress of the disease.
Your help will serve to provide resources to these Hospitals that let them to take proper care of this emergency, allowing a better care for patients with ebola and for health workers and their families.
What do we ask for
Donations to install an isolated area and buy specific medical stuff and disinfectant products for the right control and treatment of ebola.
Nowadays the vaccine is inexistent, hence the treatment is just symptomatic.
Because medical equipment required for treatment of ebola are expensive and our Hospitals in Liberia en Sierra Leona can´t afford them and are asking for help.
Destiny of the aids
· St. Joseph Catholic Hospital de Monrovia (Liberia).
· St. John of God Hospital de Lunsar (Sierra Leona).