APC's Work in Sierra Leone
APC is providing assistance to Ebola survivors and helping to create regional cooperation between the three countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak (Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia). In June 2017, APC completed a two-year project to improve access to, and availability of, quality reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) services within primary health care facilities and at the community level in five of the country’s districts most affected by Ebola.
Post-Ebola Recovery: Strengthening Primary and Community Health Services in Sierra Leone
Since 2015, APC has been collaborating with Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) to improve access to quality health services in Sierra Leone during the post-Ebola recovery phase.
During a two-year period, the project revitalized 305 health facilities providing various levels of support:
- Improved water and sanitation
- Solar power systems for lighting
- Provision of basic medical equipment
- Training of over 900 health professionals
- Training of 1,500 community health workers and peer supervisors
- Strengthening 214 Facility Management Committees.
These initiatives have improved health services for 2 million Sierra Leoneans and strengthened health facilities, making them more resilient in the face of potential future outbreaks.
Learn about the recent project celebration event »
Watch New Videos - June 2017
APC recently made two new videos from Sierra Leone, including part two of a series showing the work done to improve primary health care services at health posts and community levels. This short film focuses on the efforts made to rebuild these services as part of the post-Ebola transition in the country.
The second video documents the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and infection prevention and control (IPC) measures implemented in Sierra Leone to improve primary health care services at health posts and community levels.
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Ebola Transmission Prevention and Survivor Services Program
Launched in July 2016, the Ebola Transmission Prevention and Survivor Services Program (ETP&SS) works with governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea and other stakeholders to prevent further Ebola virus disease (EVD) transmission and to reduce the risk of resurgence from Ebola viral persistence in survivors; and to reduce stigma and other barriers that keep survivors from accessing health care services.
ETP&SS also develops and implements guidelines and tools for Ebola transmission prevention and provision of critical survivor services; trains health care providers, traditional and local government leaders, survivor associations and networks, survivor advocates, and survivors themselves; renovates health facilities in high-volume districts, including provision of specialty care equipment; conducts supportive supervision and mentoring for health care workers in high-volume districts; and collects and transports semen samples for testing.
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Interviews with a Delegation of Ebola Survivors
Candid interviews tell the stories of three Sierra Leoneans who were affected by the Ebola virus. In their own words, two survivors and a ministry official share their experiences, pain, and hope for the future. Watch the interviews »