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WHO Sierra Leone concludes joint 2022-2023 Operational Planning Retreat with Ministry of Health and Sanitation

The consultative process facilitated strategic discussions on aligning the Organization’s two years activities with the health priorities of the government of Sierra Leone

The World Health Organization Country Office in Sierra Leone has concluded a two-day high level technical and operational planning retreat with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to develop and validate the key priorities for the Organization’s 2022-2023 biennial Operational Work Plan. The consultative process facilitated strategic discussions on aligning…

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    • L-R: The US Ambassador to Sierra Leone and the Minister of Health and Sanitation at the official handing over of the J&J COVID-19 vaccines donated by the US Government to Sierra Leone
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Coronavirus: Sierra Leone receives 151,200 J&J COVID-19 vaccines donated by US Govt. via COVAX Facility

This brings to 838 000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, which have been received by Sierra Leone under the COVAX facility

The United States Government has donated 151,200 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to Sierra Leone to help accelerate the current COVID-19 vaccination drive in the country. The United States has made this donation through the COVAX facility, a global coalition co-led by the WHO, Gavi, the Global Vaccines Alliance…

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Coronavirus: Sierra Leone steps up countrywide COVID-19 vaccination

Sierra Leone’s revised COVID-19 response plan aims to reach 20% of the 4.2 million eligible population with the vaccine by the end of 2021

With improved supplies of COVID-19 vaccines, Sierra Leone has commenced intensified vaccination exercise to bolster protection among its eligible population against the disease. In March 2021, the COVID-19 vaccination was launched by President Julius Maada Bio who received the first shot alongside other prominent senior citizens, government officials and partners…

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Ebola vaccine booster doses underway in Sierra Leone

An estimated 16,127 beneficiaries including health workers, and high-risk groups in border communities and the major referral public and private hospitals are being prioritised

Ebola booster dose vaccination kicks off in Sierra Leone following administration of the prime dose of the Johnson & Johnson Ebola vaccine in May this year. Frontline health workers, practitioners of traditional medicines or traditional healers and commercial motor bike riders who received the first dose are now being given…

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Coronavirus: Sierra Leone welcomes the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines shipped via COVAX facility

This brings to 192 000 doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, which have been received by Sierra Leone under the COVAX facility

Sierra Leone has today received the second batch of 96,000 doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine donated by France and delivered by UNICEF through the COVAX Facility, a partnership between the Government of Sierra Leone, CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). This French donation to COVAX is…

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Vaccination boosts Sierra Leone’s Ebola prevention

The vaccination targeted 16 000 people at high risk such as frontline health workers and communities in border areas

While the 2014–2016 deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa devastated lives and wrecked health services, it also offered pivotal lessons in outbreak control by stoking swift and more effective response as well as driving progress in vaccines and therapeutics. When the virus re-erupted in Guinea in mid-February 2021, neighbouring countries…

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Coronavirus: Sierra Leone reversing immunization decline in wake of COVID-19

COVID-19 has imposed challenges to maintaining immunization and child health care services

Although the first case of COVID-19 didn’t emerge until late in March in Sierra Leone, by late April, immunization rates and the use of child health care services had worryingly declined by about 19%. Mothers like Hawa Dumbuya feared making visits to a health facility, because they were concerned that…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 Genome Sequencing Laboratory Network Launches in Africa

Ongoing sequencing is already providing crucial information for determining the type of SARS-CoV-2 lineage circulating in some countries

With several African countries now expanding COVID-19 testing, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) have launched a network of laboratories to reinforce genome sequencing of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, in Africa.…

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Coronavirus - Sierra Leone: Donation of COVID-19 equipment to Sierra Leone for COVID-19 response

Ambulance & life-saving COVID-19 equipment, including oxygen concentrators & test kits, donated by African Development Bank Group & World Health Organization (WHO)to strengthen Sierra Leone's response. Minister of Health receives supplies, thanking partners for ongoing support.

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Coronavirus - Africa: WHO, UNICEF urge safe school reopening in Africa

School closures in sub-Saharan Africa could result in lifetime earning losses of US$ 4500 per child

The unprecedented and prolonged school closures aimed at keeping students safe from COVID-19 are harming them in other ways, World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF said today, urging governments in Africa to promote the safe reopening of schools while taking measures to limit the spread of the virus. A WHO…