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Sierra Leone

ICAP began working in Sierra Leone in 2014, partnering with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) to conduct an assessment of the community care centers established as part of the nation’s Ebola outbreak response. ICAP is now expanding on this work by supporting efforts to strengthen key health systems to enable a more effective response to current and future disease outbreaks.

Current Projects

Expanding Efforts and Strategies to Protect and Improve Public Health Globally

ICAP is partnering with Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) to strengthen health systems in the wake of the 2014–15 Ebola epidemic. This includes:

These activities are aligned with the Global Health Security Agenda and will support medium- and long-term health systems strengthening to more actively prevent, detect, respond to, and control infectious disease health threats. (funded by CDC)

Global Technical Assistance in Sierra Leone (funded by PEPFAR through CDC)

Resilient and Responsive Health Systems Initiative

The Resilient and Responsive Health Systems (RRHS) initiative will address gaps and challenges in Sierra Leone’s health system to ensure it has the human resources for health (HRH) capacity to deliver high-quality health care. Adopting a consortium approach, the project will work in partnership with key stakeholders, including the MOHS, Ministry of Education, nursing and midwifery schools and boards, community partners, and other stakeholders, to: 1) directly strengthen health workforce capacity in quantity and quality to deliver facility- and community-based care, and 2) strengthen the systems that support sustainable HRH capacity and performance, including enhancing quality and use of HRH information, improving planning and leadership capacity, and creating an enabling fiscal environment. Through the RRHS initiative, the health workforce in Sierra Leone will increasingly be present in the right place, at the right time, and functioning in the right way. These investments are expected to lead to a more resilient and self-sustaining health system that is able to meet population health needs, address HIV/AIDS, and ensure the control of disease outbreaks and other major health events. (funded by HRSA)

Previous Projects

Action for Effective Ebola Response in Sierra Leone: Rapid Evaluation of Community Care Centers (2014–2015)

ICAP conducted a rapid assessment of 11 Ebola community care centers across six districts—Bo, Bombali, Kambia, Koinadugu, Port Loko, and Western Area—to assess the safety, e ectiveness, acceptability, and operational feasibility of the centers, where patients with symptoms suggestive of Ebola received care and support as they awaited diagnosis and transfer to Ebola treatment units or referral for other medical services. The results were published in The Lancet Global Health in July 2015 and can be found here. (funded by UK Department for International Development)