Sierra Leone Press Material

Empowering Mothers Support Groups at community level to reduce malnutrition among children

09 September 2016

A child being screened using the height for age measuring tool Malnutrition is a serious health burden among children in Sierra Leone and it accounts for 35 percent of child mortality. The Sierra Leone Nation al Nutrition Survey (2014) indicated that Global Acute Malnutrition affects 4.7% of children 6-59 months, while chronic malnutrition affects 28.8% of children in the same age category. The survey results also showed that exclusive breast feeding is at 58.8%, the minimum dietary diversity at 36.4%, whilst the minimum meal frequency based on four or more food…

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Improving essential package of mental health services at community and health facility levels

30 August 2016

Categories of staff to be trained Mental health service delivery remains largely challenged in Sierra Leone. The required human resources needed for effective delivery of services to the huge number of people in need of mental health support remain grossly inadequate in the country.

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WHO Sierra Leone strengthening synergy and team work among its staff

29 July 2016

Group session on how team work and effective interpersonal communication can be improved The WHO Sierra Leone Country Office quarterly Extended Management Team and technical staff retreat and training workshop was held in Freetown from 28-29 July. At the beginning of every quarter the office brings together its staff including team leads, field coordinators, administrative and management personnel to review progress and challenges on a range of issues including technical, administrative, operations and financial performances as well as the quality of management and leadership support in the previous quarter.

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Sierra Leone health sector positioning itself for robust response to potential seasonal flooding

26 July 2016

A cross section of families affected by the 2015 flooding in Freetown Flooding from torrential rainfall is the most common form of natural disasters in Sierra Leone. Between July and September of every year, localised number of flooding from the seasonal rains affect hundreds of families in different parts of the country often with serious health and socioeconomic consequences. People living in slums and low resource communities always suffer the most.

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A week of Integrated Maternal and Child Health Week Campaign ends in Sierra Leone

27 June 2016

A child receiving Vitamin A supplementation during the campaign The five-day Supplementary Immunization Activities to deliver integrated maternal and child health services to all pregnant women and children less than five years ends today in Sierra Leone. The campaign known as maternal and child health (MCH) week is undertaken twice annually by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to improve access and the quality of maternal and child health services in Sierra Leone.

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Mental Health Funding and the SDGs: What now & who pays? Report Launched in Sierra Leone

22 June 2016

WHO and partners at the launch of the report in Freetown Sierra Leone A global report titled “Mental Health Funding and the SDGs: What now and who pays?” was launched in, Freetown, Sierra Leone on 21 June 2016. The report prepared by Jessica MacKenzie of UK’s Overseas Development Institute was commissioned by the World Health Organization and the Mental Health Innovation Network with funding from Grand Challenges Canada. The Report highlights current mental health funding partners, funding gaps and potential new funders that could potentially improve access and quality of mental health services…

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High level international experts conference on health workforce ends in Sierra Leone

03 June 2016

Dr Anders Nordström WHO Representative to Sierra Leone, moderating one of the sessions during the summit Sierra Leone’s health sector is faced with a number of challenges including a critical shortage of skilled health workforce. All of the country’s districts fall short of WHO’s recommended minimum thresholds for health worker density (22.8 health workers per 10,000 population). Distribution and retention of the available trained health workers throughout the country also pose significant challenges.

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Sierra Leone Launches New Malaria Policy Documents at World Malaria Day 2016 Commemoration

26 April 2016

The Deputy Minister of Health & Sanitation launching the four malaria control documents on World Malaria Day 2016 Sierra Leone commemorated World Malaria Day 2016 with the launched of four strategic national malaria control policy documents during an event that attracted partners, government officials and the general public.