Sierra Leone Press Material

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. The frequency, pattern and severity of the flooding in the country are changing and becoming more uncertain particularly with the effects…


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. During the week of the nationwide door to door campaign, an estimated 1.5 million children…


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…


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.


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.


Relief for families impacted by Ebola flare-up

19 February 2016

Relief for families impacted by Ebola flare-up Sierra Leone is once again counting down the days until the latest flare-up of Ebola can be declared over. As part of the inter-agency response to the flare-up, dozens of people who were in contact with two individuals who had tested positive for Ebola were isolated and placed under medical observation. With the monitoring period now over, they are breathing a sigh of relief as their lives get back to normal.


Statement by WHO Sierra Leone to the media on the discharge of contacts from monitoring and follow up delivered by the WHO Representative, Dr Anders Nordström.

04 February 2016

Cross section of contacts and communities celebrating the discharge  of the 33 contacts On 3 February 33 contacts were discharge from quarantine following the Ebola event that began on 14 January of this year. Their discharge after only three weeks from the confirmation of the index case on 14 January proves that this response did exactly what it was supposed to do – the rapid containment of infection to prevent further spread. The rapid identification and monitoring of contacts in quarantine was key. Four people remain in quarantine in Tonkolili until  11 February.


Government Press Statement: Confirmation of EVD Death in Sierra Leone – 16 January 2016

16 January 2016

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation confirms a positive swab Ebola case after the death of a 22 year old female student at Magburaka town in Tonkolili district on 12 January 2016.  A swab team collected a swab sample and after three positive results confirmed at an accredited laboratory in Makeni, a second accreditated laboratory in Kambia reconfirmed the results.