Training Institutions

John F. Kennedy Medical Center

The John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFKMC) is a 500-bed capacity facility located in Monrovia and the largest public medical referral and teaching center in the country. The financing of the center was through a loan, a grant from the United States Government, and contribution from the Government of Liberia. In 1971, the JKKMC was officially opened comprising four institutions:           

  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital
  •  Maternity Hospital
  • Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (a paramedical school)
  • Catherine Mills Rehabilitation Center (a psychiatric care facility)

The Catherine Mills Rehabilitation Hospital was completely destroyed during the 1989- 2003 civil war in Liberia. The ES Grant Mental Hospital, currently an institution of JFKMC, is the sole public mental hospital in the country. The 180 bed maternity hospital was rebuilt in 1981 with funding from the Government of Japan renamed the Liberian-Japanese Friendship Maternity Hospital. The Liberia Eye Center at the JFFMC, which is the LCV Prasad Eye Institute collaborative center, was inaugurated in 2017.

Redemption Hospital

Redemption Hospital, located in Kru Town in the out sketch of Monrovia, is a government hospital. Originally an outpatient clinic, which later became a 50-bed hospital built in 1982, the hospital has grown to a 200-bed capacity facility and is the largest provider of secondary level care in the country. Serving a catchment population of 90,000 people, the hospital continues to play a critical role in providing health care services, especially to New Kru Town and Bushrod Island residents. The hospital is also a training site for residents in Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as medical students from the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, interns, and post internship training in management of obstetrical and surgical emergencies. With funding from the World Bank, construction work is ongoing for the new Redemption Hospital in Caldwell which is expected to provide comprehensive health care, especially in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, surgery, and internal medicine.

ELWA Hospital

The Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) Hospital, located in Paynesville City, is a health facility that was established in 1965 by Serving in Mission (SIM), an international Christian mission organization. The 50-bed hospital was established as a nonprofit-making Christian primary-care ministry in the Republic of Liberia. With funding from Samaritan’s Purse, a reconstructed modern 87-bed ELWA Hospital was dedicated in 2016. The hospital provides medical and surgical care to patients. ELWA Hospital serves as the lead training institution for the Family Medicine residency program which was launched in 2017. The main support for this training at ELWA Hospital is by SIM and the USAID PEER Grant, while the JJ Dossen Hospital in Harper, Maryland County, supported by the Government of Liberia and Partners in Health (PIH), continue to serve as the rural platform for the program. In addition to the residency training program, ELWA Hospitals is also a post internship training in the management of obstetrical and surgical emergencies.

 Phebe Hospital

The Phebe Hospital, located in Suakoko, Bong County was established in 1965 by the Lutheran Church in America, in partnership with the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church in Liberia. After the civil war in Liberia, the institution partnered with the Liberian government and expanded the hospital’s activities and it became the referral hospital for Bong County.  The 200-bed capacity hospital, serving a catchment population of over 350,000 people, continue to provide medical, surgical and emergency services to patients not only from Bong County but also Nimba and Lofa County in central Liberia. The hospital is a training site for residents in Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as interns, and post intern training in management of obstetrical and surgical emergencies. The hospital is also the training site for paramedical training program for nurses, midwives, nurse anesthetists, laboratory technicians and surgical technicians.

CB Dunbar Maternity Hospital

 The CB Dunbar Maternity Hospital situated in Gbarnga, Bong County.  Co-funded by the Ministry of Health and Medicine Du Monde, the hospital started operations in 2012. It is the only specialized maternal hospital in central region of Liberia with a catchment population of 55,000 people. The 69-bed capacity hospital with an average monthly case load of 5,000 caters predominately to pregnant women, baby mothers and children from Bong, Nimba, Margibi, Lofa and Gbapolu Counties.  Additionally, patients from border towns and villages within the Republic of Guinea also seek treatment at the facility The hospital is also a training site for residents in Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as internship training, and post internship training in the management of obstetrical and surgical emergencies.

Jackson F. Doe Memorial Regional Referral Hospital

The Jackson F. Doe Regional Hospital is a regional referral hospital located in Tappita City, Nimba County about 350 km from Monrovia.  A gift of the People’s Republic of China, the 120 bed hospital opened its doors officially in February 2011, serving the Eastern region of Liberia as well neighboring communities in Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea.  Approximately 13,000 patients receive care annually in the following areas – obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics and emergencies. A broad spectrum of diagnostic and treatment services are available, including endoscopy, computed tomography, mammography and fluoroscopy. The hospital serves as a teaching site for the Internal Medicine, Surgery and Pediatrics residency programs. 

 JJ Dossen Hospital

The JJ Dossen Hospital located in Harper, Maryland County caters to patients from Grand Kru, River Cess, Sinoe and Maryland Counties including from communities in neighboring Cote d’Ivoire. Partners in Health (PIH) is partnering with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and has transformed the hospital into the referral hospital of the Southeastern region. The hospital is now fully equipped with focused services including internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, and obstetrics and gynecology. The hospital continues to serve as the rural Family Medicine training platform. PIH has been receiving some support for developing its rural Family Medicine training platform from a 5-year grant from the Resilient and Responsive Health Systems grant from the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) which is expected to end in December 2021. PIH-Liberia also contributes significantly to the operational platform and human resources, including most of the salary and benefits for consultant faculty required to train residents at the health facility.