Following the declaration by WHO on the end of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone on 7 November 2015, UNICEF continues to support the Government of Sierra Leone in ensuring that vigilance is maintained, through social mobilization efforts, systems strengthening in the areas of health, education and WASH, and support to Community Care Centers and Observational Interim Care Centers, amongst others.
UNICEF continued to support the implementation of Project Shield. In Bombali district, 98 community health centres/peripheral health units able to cater to the needs of survivors, have been identified in the 13 chiefdoms.
In response to the suspected measles outbreak in Lunsar Township in Marampa Chiefdom and Foredugu in Buya Romende Chiefdom, the Port Loko district Social Mobilization Pillar engaged its partners to support the ring vaccination. Being a previous Ebola hotspot and with a view to reinforcing health promotion messaging, UNICEF partners,
Sierra Leone Red Cross and Restless Development oriented and deployed social mobilizers to engage with community members, especially women. The intensive mobilization resulted in 8,545 children vaccinated over a period of six days.
As part of the strengthening of health systems, UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) with the 4th quarter Free Health Care (FHC) mass supply distribution and the deployment of Rapidpro technology to assist in monitoring and reporting on the distribution from the districts to the PHUs.