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Country Profile - Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is a West African country with a population of 6 million people and a life expectancy at birth of 45 years (male) and 46 years (female).  A debilitating 11-year-long civil war ended in 2002, leaving the country’s infrastructure and health system in tatters. Following years of slow progress, the government announced the Free Health Care Initiative in 2010. In 2014, Sierra Leone was one of the three countries most affected by the Ebola virus outbreak, with a total number of 3,799 reported deaths (WHO, March 2015). The country is still working towards putting a definite end to the epidemic (zero cases), as well as tackling its socio-economic impact. Accordingly, the EU-WHO Partnership roadmap’s initial focus is under review to take account of WHO’s ongoing support to the Ministry of Health for the elaboration and the integration of a medium-term Ebola recovery plan into the national health policy framework.

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Learning by reviewing: The UHC-P’s support to Sierra Leone’s National Health Sector Strategic Plan review

At a briefing to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 13 January 2016, WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan proudly …

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Engineering Sierra Leone's Ebola journey from outbreak to recovery

Who would have thought just one year ago, when horror stories about the impact of the Ebola outbreak were hitting the international news …

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Lack of Health Practitioners in Sierra Leone Causes Roadblock

In November 2009, Sierra Leone President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma launched a historic National Health Sector Strategic Plan (NHSSP), a five …

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Reports on Road Map Activities

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  • Finalized / In completion
  • On Track
  • Postponed
  • Cancelled
  • National Planning

  • FMS improvement plan
  • 100%
  • FMS improvement plan coordination support report
  • 50%
  • M&E

  • Community opinion survey combined with SARA & Community opinion feedback system for service improvement (guidelines, tools)
  • 90%
  • 2013 SARA+EmoNC report
  • 90%
  • Health Financing

  • Joint Funding Arrangement (JFA)
  • 100%
  • Human Resources

  • Develop HRH review
  • 0%
  • HR Training Plan
  • 85%

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  • Finalized / In completion
  • On Track
  • Postponed
  • Cancelled
  • ER1 : Countries will have prepared/developed/updated/adapted their NHPSP through an inclusive policy dialogue process leading to better coverage with essential health services, financial risk protection and health equity
  • Development and costing of Sierra Leone Health Sector Recovery Plan 2015-2020 Q1/Q2
  • 100%
  • Strengthening districts Q1/Q2/Q3/Q4
  • 50%
  • Review of the National Health Sector Strategic Plan 2010-2015 Q4
  • 100%
  • Head count of health workforce and update of human resources information system (HRIS)
  • 100%
  • ER2 : Countries will have put in place expertise, monitoring and evaluation systems and annual health sector reviews
  • Improved coordination mechanism for health management information system (HMIS) Q3
  • 100%
  • Updated National health accounts (NHA)
  • 30%
  • ER6 : At country level, alignment and harmonization of health aid according to national health plans is consolidated and accelerated
  • Fully functionally donor coordination unit within the MOHS Q3
  • 60%

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  • Finalized / In completion
  • On Track
  • Postponed
  • Cancelled
  • ER1 : Countries will have prepared/developed/updated/adapted their NHPSP through an inclusive policy dialogue process leading to better coverage with essential health services, financial risk protection and health equity
  • Development and implementation of new national health sector strategic plan 2017-2021 (NHSSP)
  • 70%
  • Standardized and harmonized district level annual operational plans/planning cycles 2016-17
  • 100%
  • District health strengthening
  • 20%
  • Human resources for health strengthening
  • 80%
  • ER2 : Countries will have put in place expertise, monitoring and evaluation systems and annual health sector reviews
  • Monitoring and evaluation of NHSSP and strengthening of Health Information Strategy 2017-2021
  • 90%
  • ER3 : Countries requesting health financing (HF) support will have modified their financing strategies and systems to move more rapidly towards universal coverage (UC), with a particular focus on the poor and vulnerable
  • Health financing strengthening (Health Accounts 2014)
  • 90%
  • ER6 : At country level, alignment and harmonization of health aid according to national health plans is consolidated and accelerated
  • Monitoring of commitments on effective development cooperation in health: 2016 IHP+ monitoring round
  • 100%
  • Mapping of central level MOHS coordination structures and technical working groups
  • 100%

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Reports View More

Country Report - Sierra Leone (2016)

Last Updated Dec 01, 2016

Sierra Leone NHSSP Final Report

Last Updated Apr 10, 2016

Country Report - Sierra Leone (2015)

Last Updated May 14, 2015