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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 Global Health

ICAP is partnering with Sierra Leone’s MOHS to strengthen health systems. This scope of work includes:

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

Previous Projects

Rapid Evaluation of Ebola Community Care Centers (2014 – 2015)

Following the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, CCCs were established to provide patients with symptoms suggestive of Ebola with care as they awaited diagnosis and transfer to Ebola treatment units, or referral to other medical services. ICAP conducted a rapid assessment of these CCCs to assess the safety, effectiveness, acceptability, and operational feasibility of the centers. ICAP developed tools to evaluate worker knowledge and practices, CCC utilization, availability of infection and prevention control supplies, and acceptability of CCCs by patients and other stakeholders. (funded by UK Department for International Development – DFID)

A description of this assessment was recently published in the Lancet Global Health. Read here.