Advancing Partners & Communities is providing assistance to implement the Government of Sierra Leone post-Ebola recovery priorities in the health sector, with focus on rebuilding primary health care services and community outreach, thus contributing to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) key objectives to reduce maternal mortality and maintaining a resilient zero. The work in Sierra Leone is achieved through a couple of components.
Post-Ebola Recovery: Strengthening Primary and Community Health Services in Sierra Leone
In June 2017, Advancing Partners & Communities, in collaboration with Sierra Leone’s MOHS, completed a two-year project aimed at improving access to, and availability of, quality basic health services, with focus on maternal and child health. The project worked in five of the country’s districts most affected by Ebola, improving access to water, sanitation, waste management, and health services within primary health care facilities and at the community level.
During the two-year period, the project revitalized 305 health facilities providing various levels of support:
- Improved water and sanitation
- Installed solar power systems for lighting
- Provided basic medical equipment
- Trained over 900 health professionals
- Trained 1,500 community health workers and peer supervisors
- Strengthened 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.
Learn more about the program »
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 »
Building Resilient Health Systems
Focus on Stronger Health Systems Improves Services for the Most Vulnerable: Pregnant Women, Children Under-5, Lactating Mothers, and Ebola Survivors in Sierra Leone
Ebola survivors are often in need of specialty health services that cannot be provided at the local level. Read more »
Voices of Resilience and Recovery
Stories of Survival from Sierra Leone
This booklet (PDF, 8.4 MB) showcases personal stories of change and growth that demonstrate how USAID’s Advancing Partners & Communities project support benefited the people and health system in Sierra Leone.