WHO

The World Health Organisation is part of the UN family.

They host two informative pages on Sierra Leone; here and here.

Throughout 2015 the WHO provided technical and direct financial support to the government amounting to 45.5 million US$. Staffing shifted throughout the year based on response needs, however, at mid November 2015 WHO had a total of 288 staff in country of which 145 staff were working in the districts and 143 in the country office in Freetown. The financing of the work came from 19 partners including the UK, CDC, OFDA, the AfDB, the Word Bank and many others.

With government and partners, the WHO worked towards 5 outcomes with associated activities:

  • Getting to a sustaining zero EVD cases;
    • Enhanced surveillance, contact tracing and case investigation; Community engagement; Mental health and psychological support; Case management; Comprehensive care and support for survivors
  • Sustaining zero and safe health care for patients and health workers;
    • Ensure safety of patients and health-workers; Strengthened emergency preparedness and response capacity
  • Re-establishment of essential health services;
    • Immunisation; Reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health; AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria; Nutrition; NCDs; Public health and the environment
  • health sector planning and management at national and district level;
    • Effective leadership and national health sector coordination; Appropriately resourced and functioning District Health Management Teams; Human Resources for Health
  • and operational support
    • Effective and efficient human resource and technical assistance; Effective financial management and oversight; Making the organisation work.

These activities are being conducted in line with the country’s priorities as outlined in MoHS’s Health Sector Recovery Plan (HSRP) 2015-2020 and the Basic Package of Essential Health Services (2015-2020) which was updated to take into account vital lessons learnt from the Ebola epidemic. These documents served as the framework for implementing activities in the 6-9 months recovery plan and are informing the development of the 10-24 months plan. Furthermore, at the request of the MoHS, WHO facilitated the review of the National Health Sector Strategic Plan (NHSSP) 2010-2015. The exercise assessed progress achieved, identified strengths and weaknesses, challenges experienced in the implementation of the Plan and proposed options for moving forward in the post-Ebola environment in 2016 and beyond.