With funding from FCDO, Cities Alliance distributed hygiene and sanitation materials to residents of informal settlements in Greater Monrovia.
Rapid urbanization and rising informality put Liberian cities at the forefront of the coronavirus outbreak. More than 40% of the urban population in Liberia live in Greater Monrovia, 70% of those live in informal settlements, and 94% are employed in the informal sector. Meanwhile, only 27% have access to piped water and 7% have access to sanitation.

During the week of 19 April 2021, the Cities Alliance Liberia Country Programme distributed hygiene materials to vulnerable communities in 10 informal settlements across Greater Monrovia. The donation, supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) included hand washing buckets, powder, bar, and liquid soap, chlorine, and hand sanitizers.

Covid-19 response in Liberia: residents of informal settlements in Monrovia receive hygiene supplies

839 vulnerable households (comprising pregnant women, disabled, and elderly people), 53 community schools and clinics, and 68 event centers benefited from the distribution.

The overall objective of this FCDO funded initiative is to ensure that residents, street vendors, and waste workers of informal settlements in Greater Monrovia are better prepared to protect themselves against Covid-19, reduce the spread of the disease and maintain vital livelihoods, markets, and services.


Many of my people could not afford to buy these materials to keep themselves safe from Covid-19. This support has come at the right time. I am grateful for the help provided to the vulnerable households in my community.

Patrick Jallah, Chairman of Jallah Town


The current donation took place in the communities of 72nd Junction, Topo Village, Gbandi Town, U-Curve, Kesselly Boulevard, 9 Street, Mango Town, Colonest West, People United Community (PUC), and Jallah Town.

This is the second distribution of sanitation materials. The first one in December 2020, benefited over 5,000 informal residents from 10 additional settlements.


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