Strengthening Access to Mental Health Services in Sierra Leone

Download this publicationThis technical brief highlights the work of JSI's Advancing Partners & Communities project's work in Sierra Leone strengthening mental health services, with a particular focus on Ebola survivors.

The brief outline's JSI's interventions at the various levels of the health care system - community, primary health care, hospital, and national levels - as well as the results of those interventions.

Thus far, at the community level, Advancing Partners has reached 680 people in 30 communities across the six priority districts through Community Healing Dialogues. As part of the work at the primary health care level, the project has reached more than 350 healthcare workers working in 125 PHUs in the six priority districts with psychological first aid training. At the district level, the project has contributed to the creation of a national mental health network and deployment of mental health nurses to every district, establishing mental health clinics in every government hospital. Furthermore, the 20 mental health nurses regularly receive training through an intensive program of mentoring, supervision, and continuous professional development sessions.

The project has successfully supported the MOHS in developing and drafting the National Mental Health Policy and a five-year strategic plan for Sierra Leone. JSI/Advancing Partners & Communities. 2017.

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