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Updated September 6, 2011

Sierra Leone hosts ASRH meeting

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone, with support from MLI, hosted a two-day participatory and interactive meeting on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH). On September 15th and 16th, multiple stakeholders met in order to discuss the needs of adolescents and to prepare an implementation plan to ensure that adolescent sexual and reproduction health services including preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) are easily accessible and friendly for young people.

Program Focus

In Sierra Leone, MLI is providing direct support to the office of the Minister of Health and is serving as a principal advisor to the Minister.  In this trusted role, MLI is helping the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to advance on their top priorities, including  building a financial management system capable of efficiently generating the information required for decision-making, helping the Ministry to harmonize development assistance and move toward a Sector-wide Approach, an IHP+ Country Compact, and potentially a pool funding arrangement.

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Hon. Bangura

Zainab Bangura was appointed Minister of Health in December, 2010. She served previously as foreign minister.

Statistical Overview

Capital City Freetown
Minister of Health Honorable Zainab Bangura
Total Population 5866000
Life Expectancy (years) 42
Maternal Mortality* 1,800/100,000
Under 5 Mortality 262/1,000
Literacy Rate 38
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    Even though I have worked in Sierra Leone in the past, the role of MLI Country Lead has given me the opportunity to build upon these previous experiences and to work closely with members of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), to support the implementation of health policies and reforms that they have prioritized.


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