Sierra Leone Press Material

Sierra Leone Prepares for Ebola Outbreak

27 March 2014

Cross section of partners at the meeting The Minister of Health and Sanitation Madam Miata Kargbo has briefed partners about the Ebola Situation in Sierra Leo- ne and the preparations for any outbreak. She explained about national task force and technical commitees on coor- dination, case management, communications, laboratory and surveillance. During the briefing meeting the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Brima Kargbo explained that Sierra Leone does not have any suspected or confirm case of Ebola. Further- more he briefed about the stepping up of surveillance…

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Preparations to conduct National Micronutrients Survey

25 March 2014

Preparations to conduct National Micronutrients Survey Background Micronutrient deficiencies are a common public health challenge affecting all age groups in developing countries. It may lead to adverse health consequences as well as infant and maternal mortality. The Ministry of Health and Sanitation in collaboration with UN agencies (UNICEF, WHO, FAO and WFP), Helen Keller International (HKI) and other partners in nutrition have conducted the first national Micronutrient survey in Sierra Leone. Technical support for the survey was provided by the WHO with funding from CIDA through…

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WHO Sierra Leone Staff trained in global

25 March 2014

WHO Sierra Leone Staff trained in global Staff of WCO Sierra Leone went through a four day intensive training on the Global Management System (GSM). The GSM is a single and integrated management tool introduced to support the delivery of WHO technical programs. Training on the GSM is an ongoing activity essential to the productivity for staff mostly aimed at new staff but also for existing staff willing to enhance their skills and competency. GSM users need to be familiar with the GSM environment and other supporting…

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Sierra Leone launches Human Papilloma vaccination demonstration project

25 March 2014

Sierra Leone launches Human Papilloma vaccination demonstration project Cervical cancer is common in women and is responsible for an estimated 530,000 cases and 275,000 deaths yearly globally. The incidence in Sierra Leone is estimated at 670 cases and 466 deaths annually. A comprehensive approach to cervical cancer control includes, immunization of girls ages 9-13 years, screening for precancerous lesions in women and treatment, as well as palliative care for women diagnosed with full blown cervical cancer disease. A two years demonstration project for Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination (HPV)…

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Sierra Leone Disseminates WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Assessment Report

25 March 2014

Sierra Leone Disseminates WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Assessment Report Background The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is the first international health treaty negotiated under the auspices of the WHO and was adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2003. It has since become one of the most widely and rapidly embraced treaties in the history of the United Nations, with 176 Parties to date. The Republic of Sierra Leone ratified the WHO FCTC on 22 May 2009 as the 165th country to do…

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IDSR clinician sensitization For Hospitals

25 March 2014

IDSR clinician sensitization For Hospitals Sierra Leone introduced the implementation of Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) strategy in 2004 and since then districts are reporting on a weekly basis. However, data collected does not capture information from hospitals. As a way of improving IDSR reporting, the District Health Management Team (DHMT) in collaboration with the Directorate of Disease Prevention and Control (DPC) held a meeting to discuss the need for inclusion of hospitals in the weekly reporting of epidemic prone diseases. Technical support from…

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Sierra Leone Launches Multi year Multi-sectorial Cholera Plan

27 February 2014

L-R Deputy CMO, Dr Sarian Kamara; Deputy Minister of Health Dr A.B Fofana; WHO Representative Dr Jacob Mufunda The Ministry of Health and Sanitation launched the Cholera Multi-Year Multi-Sectoral Plan and other three surveillance documents (National Sierra Leone National Disease Surveillance and Response Strategic Plan 2012 – 2017, Rapid Response Teams Operational Guidelines and Post Epidemic Evaluation (The 2012 Cholera Outbreak) on 27 February 2014 at the Presidential Lounge of the National Stadium. When launching the documents, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation Dr A. B Fofana stated the im-portance of community involvement in the prevention and…

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Sierra Leone launches 2013 Demographic and Health Survey preliminary report

28 January 2014

Dr Keifala Mara , Minister of Finance Preliminary report of Sierra Leone’s 2013 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) was launched on 28 January 2014 by Dr Keifala Mara, Minister of Finance and Economic Development in Freetown. The report was launched in a gathering of a cross section of the public and government officials, development partner including the UN, the donor community, civil society and other strategic partners. The report presents some of the key findings of the 2013 DHS that was conducted by Statics Sierra Leone in…