Sierra Leone

Office Staff

Photo of Jibba and Marc at the JSI office in Freetown

  • Dr. Laurentiu Stan, Chief of Party
  • Wesley Wrightson, Deputy Chief of Party
  • Zaira Alonso, Finance & Operations Director
  • Marc Cunningham, GIS/M&E Advisor
  • Dr. Luigi Cicciò, Technical Director
  • Mohamed Hashim Rogers, M&E Manager
  • Princess Sowa, Community Health Advisor
  • Idrissa Kamara, Office Manager
  • Saidu Conteh, Infrastructure Manager
  • Ibrahim Conteh, Infrastructure Specialist
  • Amidu Turay, District Coordinator – Freetown Western Area Rural
  • Esther Foday, District Coordinator – Freetown Western Area Urban
  • Mohamed Kamara, District Coordinator – Bombali
  • Joseph Rogers, District Coordinator – Tonkolili
  • Jibba Bawoh, District Coordinator – Port Loko
  • Idrissa M. Kamara, Office Assistant
  • Joseph Moyer, Infrastructure Advisor (US-based)
  • Regina Koroma, Finance & Operations Assistant
  • Symchay Chalobah, Finance Manager/Accountant

Contact Information

10 Gordon Street
Aberdeen, Freetown
+23278980055
idrissa_kamara@sl.jsi.com
(Idrissa Kamara, Office Manager)

Video Interviews with a Delegation of Ebola Survivors

Screenshots of each of the three interviews

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 »

Goal of APC Sierra Leone 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 districts in Sierra Leone.

Photo of Margaret Anthony and staff

Margaret Anthony (right), maternal and child health (MCH) aid with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) at her healthcare facility in the Western Area-Rural district. View the photo gallery from Sierra Leone

Key Objectives and Activities of APC Sierra Leone

Objective 1: Improve regulatory and policy environment to enable increased service delivery access at health posts and community levels

  • National Community Health Worker (CHW) regulatory framework revised and approved by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS)
  • Strategy options costed and implementation plan for CHW program developed
  • CHW strategy rolled out in some or all APC districts
  • Number/percentage of CHWs trained to provide services in line with the policy guidelines

Objective 2: Increase capacity and effectiveness of the health workforce and community platforms to provide quality RMNCH services, including infection prevention and control (IPC)

  • Training curricula to address programmatic gaps in key RMNCH areas revised and implemented
  • Methodologies for supportive supervision, referral procedures and facility management revised
  • Capacity building program for health post staff and CHWs developed and implemented
  • Number of people visiting USAID-supported health facilities increased during reporting period
  • Number of institutional deliveries attended by trained health professionals (SBAs) increased in USAID-supported facilities
  • Number of health post staff trained to provide quality health services, including IPC (non-CHWs)

Objective 3: Improve physical and operational conditions of Community Health Posts (CHPs) and Maternal & Child Health Posts (MCHPs) to enhance IPC, safety, quality, and access to health services

  • 50 CHPs and MCHPs renovated in a comprehensive manner, with emphasis on IPC, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and lighting improvements
  • 50 CHPs and MCHPs renovated in a limited way with emphasis on basic IPC and facility and service repairs
  • 200 + minor medical equipment provided to health facilities
  • 20-25 wells drilled to ensure year round water supply

Health Areas

  • Use of "Ebola response and preparedness" funds designed by the U.S. Congress to address critical non-Ebola health services in Sierra Leone
  • Direct support to MOHS' Health Sector Recovery Plan (HSRP), especially the "early recovery" phase
  • Support for harmonization and resiliency of health services at the health post and community levels in five districts
  • Rebuilding of health services in terms of physical facilities; access to water year round; capacity building for health post staff and community health workers; and strengthening of community engagement between health posts and their communities
  • Direct support to MOHS' new Community Health Program Hub

Grantees

  • ACF – Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger) [Western Area Urban]
  • ADRA – Adventist Development and Relief Agency [Tonkolili]
  • GOAL – GOAL Ireland [Bombali]
  • IMC – International Medical Corps [Port Loko]
  • SAVE – Save the Children [Western Area Rural]

Videos from Sierra Leone

Safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene are critical for people’s health and well-being, especially to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Advancing Partners & Communities is excited to launch part one of a two-part compelling, original video series showcasing the work in Sierra Leone to improve primary health care services at health posts and community levels. This first video focuses on the efforts needed to rebuild these services as part of the post-Ebola transition in the country. Handwashing with soap is a critical way to protect communities from the future spread of the Ebola virus and other diseases.

Photos from Sierra Leone


News from Sierra Leone

2017

March 22, 2017 | Announcement

The following 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.

March 09, 2017 | General News

The Advancing Partners & Communities project applied a human-centered design approach to help ensure the success and sustainability of community facility management committees in Sierra Leone.

March 08, 2017 | Blog

After the Ebola epidemic, a community health center in Sierra Leone is now able to provide improved quality health care services, including family planning.

February 06, 2017 | Press Release

On February 2, 2017, the Government of Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation launched the revised Community Health Worker Policy, 2016-2020.

2016

October 06, 2016 | Announcement

The Advancing Partners & Communities project welcomed a delegation of Ebola survivors to Washington, D.C. on Monday, October 3, 2016. Led by the Honorable Dr. Sylvia Blyden, Minister of Social Welfare, Gender & Children’s Affairs, Republic of Sierra Leone, the delegation will meet with representatives from JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), the White House, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the National Institute of Health, and more to tell their stories and bring awareness to issues in the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.