AMP Health Sierra Leone
COMMUNITY HEALTH CONTEXT
Currently, well over 10,000 Community Health Workers (CHWs) are providing high-impact, life-saving health and nutrition services to community members in Sierra Leone. In implementing the CHW program, district health management teams are currently supported by NGOs, with coordination and supportive supervision from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
In the wake of the Ebola crisis, Sierra Leone recognizes that a strong and organized CHW system is key not only to keeping community members healthy, but also to quelling and preventing future epidemics. Through the bold vision of the country’s leadership, a 2016 revised CHW policy has been created to build on the first national CHW policy that was launched in 2012.
- Support the shift to a harmonized CHW program through operationalization of Sierra Leone's recently revised CHW Policy
- Support the shift to a Ministry of Health and Sanitation-led CHW program
- Strengthen management and supervision of the CHW program
The revised policy seeks to build an even stronger CHW system and address some of the challenges identified through the previous strategy. Key among them are training, supervision, and incentives for CHWs. The policy also focuses on equity, with the goal of expanding coverage to serve the harder to reach areas of the country.
Meet the Team
Dr. Joseph Kandeh Director of Primary Health Care, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone
Dr. Joseph N. Kandeh is the Director of Primary Health Care in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the Republic of Sierra Leone. As the National Community Health Workers programme is one of the programmes in the directorate of Primary Health Care, it falls within Dr. Kandeh's purview. Prior to becoming a medical doctor, he served as a lecturer in Science and Science Education in one of the then Teacher Training Colleges (Bo Teachers College) – now a campus of Njala University in Sierra Leone. Since graduation from the medical college, Joseph Ngagba Kandeh has served in many positions in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation including House Officer, Medical Officer, Medical Superintendent, District Medical Officer, Manager - Health System Strengthening and National Coordinator - National Disease Surveillance and response (IDSR). He holds the following degrees – B.Sc. Ed, MD, MPH - in addition to many certificates in Traditional medicine management, Leprosy and TB Management, among others.
Alpha Bangura National Coordinator, Community Health Workers Programme, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone
Alpha joined the Ministry of Health and Sanitation as the National Coordinator for the Community Health Workers Programme in June 2017. His passion for community development blossomed when he was District Manager for ActionAid International Tonkolili and Kono districts, and Head of Programmes and Policy from 2007 to 2012. He has developed project proposals and secured funding for a range of community driven projects in education, women’s rights, governance, health, agriculture, and security. Alpha has also worked with the Norwegian Refugee Council, the national Tropical Diseases Programme, SightSavers and most recently with the USAID Guinea and Sierra Leone Mission where he was Programme Development Specialist between 2015 and 2017, providing programme design and implementation support to health, food, and governance portfolios. Alpha is a graduate of Njala University, and has masters degrees in education and business administration. He holds several development programme certificates including one in health systems strengthening from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is happily married and has a daughter.
Kiribakka Tendo Management Partner - Sierra Leone
Tendo has over five years of experience in investment banking and recently completed his MBA at the R. H. Smith School of Business of the University of Maryland. He has work experience in eight African countries, the United Kingdom, and was a Retail Leadership Development Program intern at Amazon’s head office in Seattle over the summer of 2015. Tendo was instrumental in the design and deployment of the P&L attribution system across Barclays offices across Africa. Tendo is a self-taught computer programmer and graphic designer. He plays the guitar, piano, and the recorder. He enjoys hiking, photography, playing basketball and swimming.