Sierra Leone Press Material

Scaling up malaria prevention in Sierra Leone

24 April 2017

A mother and child seated on a bed with an insecticide treated bed net Preparations are currently underway for a vast bed net distribution campaign in Sierra Leone. Planned for June this year, the campaign aims to distribute more than 4.3 million insecticide-treated bed nets to households nationwide to help protect them against malaria, which remains one of the country’s leading causes of death and illness.

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Tackling mental illness after Ebola

11 April 2017

Various awareness raising activities took place across Sierra Leone on depression throughout April 2017 Following the Ebola crisis, a decade-long Civil War and with significant poverty, depression is estimated to be very common in Sierra Leone, affecting at least three percent of the population in any single year. Mental health practitioners also report that anxiety, psychosis and substance abuse are significant public health concerns. 

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Using SMS technologies to enhance polio surveillance

10 April 2017

A community member putting the new technology into use to report suspected AFP cases in her locality A new SMS-based reporting system has been introduced in Sierra Leone to improve identification, detection and reporting of suspected acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases in children less than 15 years, with the initial training of 520 health workers and community informants.

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Talking about depression in Sierra Leone

07 April 2017

Talking about depression in Sierra Leone FREETOWN, April 7th 2017 --- On World Health Day, the Government of Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization, the Mental Health Coalition and partners are calling for urgent action on depression in Sierra Leone, which affects at least 240,000 people in the country every year. Stigma and lack of accurate information on mental health issues are critical impediments to treatment and recovery, health experts say.

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Partners rally to end tuberculosis in Sierra Leone

24 March 2017

Partners rally to end tuberculosis in Sierra Leone FREETOWN, March 24th --- On World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, the Government of Sierra Leone together with the World Health Organization and CISMAT called for united action to end TB in Sierra Leone, which is one of 30 countries globally with a severe burden of the disease.

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Sharing lessons from a milestone year: WHO Sierra Leone's 2016 Progress Report

20 March 2017

Sharing lessons from a milestone year: WHO Sierra Leone's 2016 Progress Report Today WHO Sierra Leone released its latest Progress Report, which documents achievements and lessons learned across the health sector over the course of 2016. This was a milestone year as the country strove to advance the post-Ebola Presidential Recovery Priorities (PRPs) as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Nationwide survey of health facilities underway in Sierra Leone

17 March 2017

Nationwide survey of health facilities underway in Sierra Leone Currently Sierra Leone’s largest every survey of health facilities is underway as part of an extended Service Availability and Readiness Assessment (SARA+), which aims to provide critical data and information on health service quality and availability right across the country. It will also enable comprehensive mapping of current health services.

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Building the skills of health workers to save women's lives

08 March 2017

Building the skills of health workers to save women's lives Tackling maternal mortality is among the most critical priorities for Sierra Leone. Today, much is being done to improve the quality of healthcare before, during and after women give birth.