Management Sciences for Health (MSH) offers its condolences to all those affected in Sierra Leone after recent devastating floods and a mudslide claimed hundreds of lives, with thousands of residents still missing and displaced. We are thankful to report that all MSH staff members are safe.
We recognize the potential complex effects of this disaster on the government of Sierra Leone and our partners, and are closely following and monitoring the mechanisms that have been created to respond to the situation.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — The National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) in Sierra Leone will conduct a three-day workshop from March 22-24, 2017, to align its vital Malaria in Pregnancy (MIP) guidelines developed in 2005 with its 2016-2020 Malaria Strategic Plan which aims to protect at least 80% of pregnant women and children under one year with Intermittent Preventive Treatment for pregnant women (IPTp3) by 2020 and address the current World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations and Sustainable Development Goals, which look to, in part, reduce global malaria mortality rates
The current Ebola epidemic in West Africa is unprecedented in its scope and devastating effects. The health systems of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leona were not adequate to the task of containing the outbreak; while the international community responded slowly at first, it has accelerated its contributions and helped these countries slow the rate of new infections. Management Sciences for Health (MSH) commends the US government for the key role it has already played. The US continues to be a critical source of financing, expertise and other resources.
Management Sciences for Health (MSH) stands with the global health community mourning the hundreds of lives lost during the current Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. As health workers and international partners work together to end the current crisis, MSH calls on governments, donors, and international agencies to renew their commitment to holistically strengthening the health systems of vulnerable countries to enable them to respond effectively to such emergencies, as well as to meet the day-to-day health needs of their populations.