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