Through detailed interviews with those who know these issues best — the ministers and their stakeholders — this report examines the roles of health ministries, their resource needs, and the challenges they face. Based on the candid and thoughtful input of those interviewed, and the supporting research and consultation activities, this report offers seven action items geared toward building a systematic and sustained program of support for health ministries.
Health research in Sierra Leone is currently conducted, managed, and financed by diverse organizations, with very little coordination. Seeking to improve coordination and share knowledge, a group of concerned scientists, physicians, medical students, and others, known as the Sierra Leone Health and Biomedical Research Group (HBIOMED-SL), met in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on March 18–19, 2010. This report summarizes the symposium and covers three days of site visits and needs assessments conducted by representatives of the U.S.
Following the peace agreement of 2002, Sierra Leone is in the recovery process of rethinking governance, policy and management arrangements as well as engagement with civil society. The recent national health strategy draft advocates for a move towards a sector wide approach (SWAp), which is a process that aims at broadening government and national ownership over public sector policy and resource allocation decisions within the sector, increasing the coherence between policy, spending and results, and reducing transaction costs.
The first in a series of narratives on the inner workings of health ministries. In this MLI narrative, an in-depth look at the key moments behind how a war-torn nation started free care for pregnant women, breast-feeding mothers, and children under five years old.
Ceci est le premier texte d’une série qui traitera des mécanismes internes des ministères de la santé. Dans cet exposé de l’ILM, nous jetons un regard en profondeur sur les moments clés durant lesquels une nation déchirée par la guerre a commencé un programme de gratuité des soins pour les femmes enceintes, les mères allaitantes et les enfants âgés de moins de cinq ans.
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.