Liberia’s levels of water hygiene and sanitation are among the worst in the world. This causes the spread of preventable diseases, such as the Ebola virus during the epidemic of 2014/15 which claimed 11,300 lives across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Liberia’s economy is steady, slowly growing year-on-year. However, poor access to natural resources has resulted in high levels of poverty and low human development. Approximately 78 per cent of the workforce are in the informal sector, the majority of whom are subsistence farmers. The success of this work is constrained by poor market infrastructure, inability to complete work, and a road network that is largely impassable during the rainy season.
Liberia has a huge youth unemployment problem. Most families are unable to provide their children with an education, and for those that can there are very few jobs available.