Sierra Leone

UNICEF Sierra Leone COVID-19 Situation Report No 10, 1 – 31 October 2020

Situation Report
Originally published



UNICEF and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) teamed up to support the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) in rolling out a training for 1,800 nurses and other health workers across the country to ensure continued essential health and nutrition service delivery in the context of COVID-19.

UNICEF, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Bank, supported the MoHS in drafting a COVID-19 vaccination (COVAX) deployment and readiness plan in preparation for the future introduction of COVID-19 vaccines.

UNICEF drilled an additional five boreholes in PHUs across Port Loko, Bombali, and Bo districts; altogether 10 boreholes have now been drilled.

540 civil society members from the KOMBRA and SUNI networks were mobilized to discuss issues around promotion of key behaviours on COVID-19, essential health practices and access to services

UNICEF supported participation of Risk Communication and Social Mobilisation (RCSM) pillar members in the Manor River Union (MRU)-coordinated joint simulation exercise at the Sierra Leone-Liberia border to support the upcoming re-opening of land borders.

As of 31 October, 13,218 people have received psychosocial support (PSS).

UNICEF and partners have scaled up safe spaces programming targeting adolescent girls with life skills. In October, mapping and identification of girls was completed and 11,683 girls registered based on a priority needs basis.

A training on Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) is being developed by UNICEF, the Ministry of Social Welfare (MSW), Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) for community monitors to record grievances, psychological first aid and reporting mechanisms for Gender-Based Violence (GBV) cases.