In response to the Ebola outbreak, SIAPS received funding from USAID in 2015 to provide technical assistance to Sierra Leone to rebuild and strengthen the country’s pharmaceutical supply chain management system. Below are updates on the ongoing work.

A rebirth of Sierra Leone’s pharmaceutical system
SIAPS is helping Sierra Leone restructure its pharmaceutical system by ensuring access to and appropriate use of medicines. The guideline for rebuilding the system involves promoting accountability of local facility managers as well as improving distribution and storage conditions. More>>
Strengthening the pharmaceutical system after Ebola
SIAPS’ focus is to increase the system’s resiliency to respond quickly and appropriately to future public health crises. To support this goal, the program provides technical assistance, including strengthening governance, leadership and supply chain management, and identifying accurate information for decision making. More>>
New update on a performance improvement system
SIAPS helped Sierra Leone implement a Continuous Results Monitoring and Support System (CRMS), which uses a series of indicators to improve pharmaceutical management in all health facilities. More>>
Removing Waste Products, Controlling Disposal
Sierra Leone’s pharmaceutical supply system, already shaky, grew worse after the Ebola epidemic, highlighting the lack of inadequate storage space at all levels. To deal with expired and obsolete products, SIAPS worked with partners to develop a stop-gap controlled disposal plan to track storage availability, overstocks, and expiry management. More>>
Newsletter: Update on Post-Ebola Recovery
From improving governance to developing information tools to helping track pharmaceutical management indicators in every district, here’s an update on SIAPS activities and collaborative projects. More>>
What is SIAPS doing in Sierra Leone?
The system strengthening project helped restructure the health products supply chain after the Ebola crisis. Murtada Sesay, country project director, provides further information on SIAPS’ ongoing intervention and its results. More>> 

 

Strengthening quantification practices
To improve quantification of health commodities and effective management of pharmaceuticals, SIAPS supported the training of a national quantification committee and several technical working groups. More>>

Introducing a New Treatment Register
SIAPS recently helped train 55 hospital staff on how to use a new treatment register. The register is easier to use and can help supervisors better check the accuracy and progress of treatment. It will be distributed to approximately 1,300 health facilities throughout the country. More>>

Tracking Medicine Stock and Related Health Data

SIAPS is introducing a dashboard that features data on HIV-, malaria-, and TB-related products and essential medicines from each health facility and provides real-time access to patient and commodity information. The objective is for the tool to be used in about 1,300 health centers in all districts of the country. More>>

See a full overview of SIAPS’s work in Sierra Leone here.