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Over 300 PHUs revitalised, 900 health workers trained

…achievements of USAID’s largest primary health care investment in S/Leone

June 20, 2017 By Joseph S. Margai

Advancing Partners & Communities project, with funds from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has successfully revitalised more than 300 Peripheral Health Units (PHUs) in five districts and trained more than 900 health professionals on maternal and child health, infection prevention and control practices.

According to a press release dated 19th June, 2017, the project was a successful completion of the President’s Ebola Recovery Plan for Health and celebrating the results of the Advancing Partners & Communities project, adding that the project further trained almost 1,500 community health workers (CHWs).

The release stated that, since the fall of 2015, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) has been collaborating with the USAID-funded Advancing Partners & Communities project to improve access to quality health services during the post-Ebola recovery phase.

“The Advancing Partners & Communities project, funded by USAID, revitalized more than 300 peripheral health units in five districts which include Port Loko, Bombali, Tonkolili, and Western Areas (Urban and Rural). The project improved water and sanitation, installed solar power systems, and trained more than 900 health professionals on reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH); and on infection prevention and control practices,” the press release stated.

It added that almost 1,500 community health workers (CHWs) were trained on the new in- service training manual and job aids that followed the revised CHW 2016-2020 policy launched in February 2017, also with the project’s support.

The press statement noted that the project also helped rebuild trust between the most affected communities and their health facilities by helping re-activate 214 facility management committees, which are led jointly by community members and health workers.

“Overall, these achievements directly contributed to the President Recovery Priorities (PRP) key results impact indicators of reducing maternal and child mortality, and stopping further cases of Ebola,” the release added.

Event marking the successful completion of the President’s Ebola Recovery Plan for Health and celebration of the results of the Advancing Partners & Communities project will be held today (June 20, 2017) at the Radisson Hotel in Freetown.

“The U.S. Ambassador, John Hoover,  will participate in the celebration event with the Office of the President’s Chief of Staff, Mr. Saidu Conton Sesay, highlighting the achievements of USAID’s largest primary health care investment in Sierra Leone,” the release noted.

In addition, the press release added, Minister of Health and Sanitation Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah and JSI Vice President Carolyn Hart are keynote speakers at the event. Stakeholders and beneficiaries from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the five districts will share results and lessons learned from both the project and the President’s Recovery Plan for Health.