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1. Scenario: The selected option is option 2 and it involves traveling to West Africa and addressing the health challenge of Ebola. The specific country to be visited is Liberia because it is one of the most affected countries. Ebola is a challenge that needs urgent attention because it is highly contagious and also kills quickly.
2. Population: The target population is the northern county of that borders Guinea. The residents are at the highest risk of contracting Ebola.
A. Geographic Region:
i. Size: 111,369km2 (World Bank, 2020)
ii. Location: West Africa, borders the Atlantic Ocean
iii. Climate: The southern part is equatorial; it experiences rainfall throughout the year. The northern part is tropical.
B. Socioeconomic Profile:
i. Capital City: Monrovia
ii. Major Districts or Territories: Major counties include Lofa, Nimba, Grand Gedeh, and Sinoe.
iii. Income Standard: Low income (World Bank, 2020)
iv. Common Occupations: Agriculture
v. GDP Estimate: $ 3.487 billion (2021)
vi. Source of Funding for the Education System: The education system is funded through the Global Partnership for Education.
vii. Source of Funding for the Healthcare System: 71% of the health system relies on external financing
C. Demographic Profile:
i. Birth Rate: In 2020, the birthrate in Liberia was 4.18 births per woman (World Bank, 2020)
ii. Aging Trends: In 1971, Liberians aged 60 years and above were 73,000. By 2020, the number was 265,000, representing a significant growth in the elderly population Knoema. (2020).
iii. Death Rates: In 2020, the death rate for every 1000 people was 7 (World Bank, 2020).
3. Prevalent Health Concerns: The prevalent health concern in Liberia. This is a health challenge that affects everyone regardless of age or gender. it is highly contagious and kills within days
4. Social Determinants: The following are social determinants of health in Liberia as far as Ebola is concerned.
i. Education: The level of education determines a person’s health. People with more education are more exposed to knowledge, therefore, they seek better health services and vice versa.
ii. Healthcare: Healthy people are privileged because they get better care as compared to those who are not healthy.
iii. Economic Stability: Economically stable people access better health because they can afford it. However, poor people struggle to access quality care.
iv. Inequity: Inequity is a challenge in Liberia, resources are not shared in the right proportions. This has resulted in some people being very rich while others are very poor. The rich have access to better health as compared to the poor.
Knoema. (2020). Liberia – Total Population Aged 60 Years and Above. Retrieved from https://knoema.com/atlas/Liberia/topics/Demographics/Age/Population-aged-60-years
Ministry of Internal Affairs. (2022). Overview of Liberia. Retrieved from https://www.mia.gov.lr/2content.php?sub=210&related=40&third=210&pg=sp#:~:text=The%20oldest%20counties%20are%20Grand,square%20miles%20(1%2C909%20km2).
World Bank. (2020). Death Rate, Crude (Per 1000 People) – Liberia. Retrieved from https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.DYN.CDRT.IN?locations=LR