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23 Feb 2018 description

The Directorate of Food and Nutrition of Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation and Action Against Hunger Sierra Leone, with funding from Irish Aid, conducted the National Nutrition Survey 2017 in close collaboration and partnership with Sierra Leone Nutrition Technical Working Group.

12 Sep 2017 description

4 weeks since events of 14th August 2017, it is important to review the response to date and to agree the plan for the response going forward

  • Overview of the planning process and update on the GoSL response plan

  • Informed by recent verification of registered affected persons

  • Overall road map and pillar specific key interventions, related risks and mitigating strategies

  • Total budget obtained from existing pillars

  • Restructuring of pillar architecture

31 May 2017 description

New Report Sheds Light on Tragic Maternal Deaths

FREETOWN (31 May 2017)—Sierra Leone’s latest Maternal Death and Surveillance Report, released today at a launch in the capital, Freetown, calls for united actions from government, health workers, communities and partners to tackle the high number of maternal deaths in the country. In all, a total of 706 maternal deaths were reported during 2016, though the report suggests that the true figure may be much higher still. 

09 Mar 2016 description

March 9, Freetown, Sierra Leone: In a collaborative effort between the Government of Sierra Leone and its development partners to improve the access to and availability of high-quality health services in the country, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.

16 Dec 2015 description

Freetown, Dec. 16, 2015 (MOHS) – Project Hope founded in 1958 has paid a courtesy call on the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to explore areas of assistance within its Post Ebola priority plan in the area of public health and maternal and child health.

Project Hope in group photo with MOHS Sr. officials: (R-L) – Second, Deputy Minister Madam Madina Rahman, Deputy Minister 11, Foday Sawi Lahai, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brima Kargbo and Project Hope President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Thomas Kenyon

27 Nov 2015 description

Freetown, Nov. 27, 2015 (MOHS) – The Fifth Round and 14th Session of the Bi-annual Maternal and Child Health Week (MCHW) commonly known as the “Mami En Pikin Welbodi Week” has been launched in Kambia northern Sierra Leone.

Launching the MCH Week on the theme: “Healthy Families, Healthy Future”, the Director of Health Systems, Planning, Policy and Information, Dr. Samuel Kargbo on behalf of the Ministry thanked health workers and development partners for their efforts in the fight to contain the Ebola virus disease and to maintain zero infection.

24 Nov 2015 description

Freetown, Nov. 23, 2015 (MOHS) – The distribution of Free Health Care medicines across the country covering 1,209 peripheral health units and 23 government hospitals starts on November 23, 2015 for all 13 districts in the country. The distribution incorporates over 200 products including life-saving commodities.

22 Nov 2015 description

Freetown, Nov. 18, 2015 (MOHS) – The Chief Medical Officer Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Brima Kargbo has reiterated his ministry’s readiness to effectively implement key interventions within the Recovery Phase of the Post Ebola period.

The Chief Medical Officer was addressing a one day Consultative conference on the status of Emergency obstetric and newborn care facilities in Sierra Leone held at the National Stadium Atlantic hall in Freetown.

02 Nov 2015 description

Makeni, Nov. 2, 2015 (MOHS) – The School of Midwifery Masuba, Makeni (SOMM) has produced 58 certified trained and qualified Midwives graduated from the school on October 31, 2015 to join the fight against maternal and newborn mortality.

20 Oct 2015 description

Freetown, Oct. 16, 2015 (MOHS) – The Ministry of Health and Sanitation Lead for the Post Ebola Recovery phase and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sarian Kamara on Friday October 16, 20015 presented updates on the Recovery operations to stakeholders in the health sector.

02 Oct 2015 description

Freetown, Oct. 2, 2015 (MOHS) – The UNFPA Representative Bannet Ndyanabangi has expressed the need for strong health systems and adequate human resource capacity in handling maternal and newborn care in Sierra Leone. This he said has been reaffirmed by the Ebola outbreak in the country, where pregnant women struggle to access the limited health care services to ensure safe delivery.

17 Sep 2015 description

Masiaka, P/Loko, Sept. 16, 2015 (MOHS) – The Directorate of Reproductive and Child Health, Ministry of Health and Sanitation with support from Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) Sierra Leone has conducted series of demand creation activities for maternal newborn and child health in three Ebola affected districts in the country.

05 Sep 2015 description

Freetown, Sept. 3, 2015 (MOHS) – As President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma launches Health Recovery Agenda, big boosts for Government hospitals countrywide.

A key component of restoring basic health services is the referral system. The Ministry of Health and Sanitation has announced the distribution of Thirty Five (35) brand new Ambulances to all government hospitals nationwide amidst excitement and relief from District Medical Officers, Medical Superintendents, and Matrons.

08 Jul 2015 description

Executive Summary

A. Background Context

Sierra Leone is one of three countries in the Mano River Union to suffer from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak since the disease was first diagnosed in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The socio-economic impact of the disease has been devastating.

To date more than 8,000 infection cases and more than 3,000 deaths have been recorded.
Medical personnel are among the victims, with at least 295 health care workers infected and 221 dead, including 11 specialized physicians.

30 Jun 2015 description

Freetown, June 29, 2015 (MOHS) – The National School of Midwifery has held its Graduation and Prize-Giving Ceremony with 27 professional State Certified Midwives of set Twenty-nine.

Delivering the keynote address at the Miatta Conference Centre in Freetown, Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Madam Madina Rahman described the event as a special day for the human resource health sector, communities and families.

She reminded the graduands that their role as midwives is a position of trust to making delivery safe.

21 May 2015 description

The current outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD or Ebola, in West Africa is the longest and largest Ebola outbreak to date. In addition to the direct impact of deaths and infection from Ebola, the outbreak is exacerbating already weak health systems and threatening to reverse progress made in recent years improving reproductive, maternal, neonatal, adolescent, and child health (RMNCAH) in Sierra Leone.

30 Apr 2015 description

OPTIONS Consultancy Services Limited is one of the leading consultancy firms in the United Kingdom. It serves as a key service provider for the UKAID/DFID. Since its establishment in 1992, OPTIONS has evolved into a dynamic organization with a broad portfolio of work that includes over 900 health and social sector assignments in more than 50 countries.

15 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

  • Schools across the country opened on 14 April 2015, with some 1.8 million students expected to return. There were intensive preparations with multi-sector involvement including Education, Social Mobilization, Logistics, Health and WASH to prepare for the safe reopening. Teachers have been trained, and hygiene and school preparation kits were distributed to all schools with the support of UNICEF.

31 Mar 2015 description

Kailahun, Mar. 30, 2015 (MOHS) – The Kailahun Government Hospital is to benefit from a 100 Beds Paediartric and Maternity Project worth $1. 1 Million U S Dollars

Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister 1, Mr. Foday Sawi Turning the Sod

Addressing the Turning of the Sod ceremony, Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation Mr. Foday Sawi described the event as an important day for the people of Kailahun, noting that the project when completed will be the second biggest health facility of its kind in the country.