Ebola survivors–as with the health system in Sierra Leone—are slowly recovering from the Ebola virus disease outbreak that devastated the country between 2014 and 2016. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), the USAID-funded Advancing Partners & Communities’ (Advancing Partners) Strengthening Health Services Post-Ebola (SHSPE) program is helping survivors access health services and regain livelihoods after the overwhelming losses they suffered during and after the outbreak.
Through its collaborative approach, the SHSPE program has implemented a range of interventions that have strengthened the health system by enabling health workers to provide better services and connecting Ebola survivors and other vulnerable populations with the specialty care they need. Skills built in specialty areas like mental health, ophthalmology, neurology, and ENT will support both vulnerable groups and the general population. The program has also engaged communities to reduce stigma and reintegrate Ebola survivors.