At IntraHealth International, we are disheartened by recent Ebola-related news from West Africa, and call on the world community, including ministries of health, donor agencies, and other stakeholders, to urgently renew and strengthen their efforts to provide systematic, sustained investment in frontline health workforces and health systems around the world.
Sierra Leone has successfully tested the mHero platform. The Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) sent a health worker validation message to more than 8,000 health workers across the country. Much like the mHero pilot test in Liberia, the initial messages sent were designed to confirm health worker information, which can be used to update iHRIS, the human resources information system used by the MOHS.
Arriving at Lungi International Airport in Sierra Leone is an adventure. After clearing immigration and collecting your bags, you must take a sea taxi to cross the Sierra Leone River to get to Freetown. In early August, we took this route along with a number of experts in health information systems (HIS) to facilitate the first ever Sierra Leone HIS Interoperability Workshop held August 2 – 4, 2016.