In 1926 Dr. George Way Harley and his wife, Winifred J. Harley, established Ganta United Methodist Hospital to provide affordable and quality healthcare services for the rural under-served population. What started as a small health post in 1926 has grown into a full-fledged referral hospital with a myriad of medical service options that include a school of nursing and comprehensive community-based primary healthcare services working in more than 110 communities in Nimba County.
During the course of the Liberian civil crisis, the current hospital was looted and vandalized several times from 1990 to 2003. However, 2003 witnessed the worst scenario because not only equipment and supplies were looted, but several buildings were burned by rocket fire while others received structural damage. The Out Patient Department, drug depot, and four residential buildings were burned while the rest received massive structural damage. Though massive renovation has been done, the integrity of the current facility makes maintenance no longer cost effective.
Additionally, the population of Ganta has swelled from less than 2,000 inhabitants in 1926 to 41,000 persons making it the second largest city next to Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. Because of the strategic location of Ganta, the hospital also caters to patients from Guinea and Ivory Coast. Nimba County, which is the immediate catchment area of Ganta Hospital, has a population of over 460,000 persons (1998 National Housing & Population Census).
As a result of the challenges and opportunities influencing the healthcare delivery efforts of the hospital and the critical position of the church in the overall national development agenda, the Liberia Annual Conference, under the leadership of our Bishop (Rev. Dr. John G. Innis), reached a decision in 2005 to build a new hospital to address the needs of the large population we serve.
Goals & Objectives
To build a hospital in Ganta that will replace the current hospital, Ganta United Methodist Hospital. Construction would start in 2012 and finish within five years.
1. Provide land for the construction work, complete the blueprint, and raise the needed funds for the project.
2. Additionally, we will tender a bid to potential contractors and select the best contractor through due diligence.