Sierra Leone Press Material

Increasing safety for patients and health workers through effective IPC

03 November 2016

A nurse practicing infection prevention after caring for a patient The Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone highlighted the critical importance of strengthening Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) in the healthcare setting, which is now a major focus for government, partners and health workers as they work to prevent infections in health facilities and labs.

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Empowering mothers' support groups to reduce child malnutrition in Sierra Leone

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 more than a third of child mortality. Mothers' Support Groups are being established in communities to raise awareness about nutrition issues and support timely referrals for mothers and children in need.

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Improving access to mental health services in Sierra Leone

30 August 2016

Categories of staff to be trained Mental health service delivery remains challenging in Sierra Leone and critical gaps in staffing mean thousands are unable to access the services they need. Steps are now being taken to increase psychosocial support available within communities and health facilities.

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Sierra Leone health sector better prepared against 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 disaster in Sierra Leone and regularly causes significant  damage and harms people's health, especially in poor communities and settlements. A new national flood emergency and response plan is now under development to help ensure the country is better prepared to prevent and manage floods.

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Maternal and Child Health Week Campaign Brings Vaccines to 1.5 Million Children

27 June 2016

A child receiving Vitamin A supplementation during the campaign Five days of Immunization Activities to deliver integrated maternal and child health services to all pregnant women and children less than five years ended today in Sierra Leone. The campaign known as Maternal and Child Health Week is undertaken twice annually by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation 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 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 In order to address some of the staffing challenges that affect Sierra Leone's health sector, a two-day summit attended by technical and policy experts from around the world was held in Freetown, Sierra Leone from 2-3 June 2016. The summit, organized by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation with support from the World Health Organization and the Clinton Health Access Initiative aimed to lay a foundation to improve human resources for health in Sierra Leone . 

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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.