Sierra Leone

July 18, 2016

The Advancing Partners & Communities project in Sierra Leone, with support from USAID, and in collaboration with Save the Children, handed over newly renovated maternal and child health posts (MCHPs) to the Sussex and Tokeh communities on June 30, 2016 and July 5, 2016, respectively.


Advancing Partners & Communities has drafted a community engagement strategy for adoption and use by all implementing partners in the project’s five districts. In line with the project’s goal of strengthening health services, the strategy focuses on district- and facility-level interventions and emphasizes the role of community health workers (CHWs). The strategy complements other community-based interventions.


Advancing Partners & Communities received a grant from USAID’s “Ebola Response and Preparedness” funds authorized by the United States Congress to strengthen critical non-Ebola health services, in Sierra Leone.

February 18, 2016

On February 4, the Advancing Partners & Communities project in Sierra Leone formally launched its work in Bombali District through a half-day kick-off meeting organized under the chairmanship of the District Health Management Team (DHMT), the District Council, and the Council of the Paramount Chiefs.

In November 2018, the USAID-funded Advancing Partners & Communities project began to revitalize the Facility Management Committee and provide refresher programs on the FMC’s responsibilities and commitments to their Peripheral Health Unit.

In November 2018, the Advancing Partners & Communities project came to Mayossoh MCHP to meet with the FMC. They provided refresher training to the FMC on their role in supporting and maintaining the facility.

Survivor Association Empowers Members through Support Groups and Adult Literacy Classes

Glenna Beckley, Finance Officer of the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors (SLAES), joined SLAES to advocate for the needs of Ebola survivors like herself as many survivors lost their employment because of health issues and stigmatization. With help from Advancing Partners and Partners in Health, SLAES offers survivor-to-survivor support groups and adult literacy classes that can help survivors regain their livelihoods in the aftermath of Ebola.

Better Referral Pathways and Clinical Training Systems Lead to Improved Care for Ebola Survivors

Ebola survivors are often in need of specialty health services that cannot be provided at the local level. Nandy Fofana is a Referral Coordinator (RC) in Port Loko district. Nandy works with local health facilities to ensure that patients who need a higher level of care can be referred quickly. As part of the Sierra Leonean Government’s Comprehensive Program for Ebola Survivors (CPES), Advancing Partners has trained and mentored 18 RCs across the country to facilitate incoming and outgoing referrals at secondary and tertiary level of care facilities. They provide a critical link between primary care facilities and the more specialized levels of care within the health system.

Upgraded Health Facilities Create Healthier Communities

M’balu Kamara is the Officer-in-Charge at Magbafth Maternal Child Health Post (MCHP) in Tonkolili district. She survived Ebola and came back to her health clinic, motivated to care for patients. With support from Advancing Partners, M’balu’s health facility is now able to serve its community better. The facility now meets infection prevention and control standards, which was made possible through facility renovation, installation of solar power, borehole drilling with a water tower to ensure 24/7 access to water, and through training and mentorship for health workers through the CTO.