Sierra Leone Site
In Sierra Leone, CHAMPS works with Crown Agents, ICAP, Focus 1000, and World Hope International to save child lives.
Sierra Leone Partners
The Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) strives to ensure a functional national health system that delivers efficient, high quality health care services that are accessible, equitable, and affordable for everyone in Sierra Leone. For CHAMPS Sierra Leone, the MoHS functions as a conduit for community entry and engagement and data to action activities.
Dr. Amara Jambai, Co-Site Director of CHAMPS Sierra Leone and Chief Medical Officer at the MoHS, serves as a liaison between the MoHS and CHAMPS activities.
Crown Agents is an international development company that partners with governments, aid agencies, NGOs, and companies in nearly 100 countries. Crown Agents has developed and managed medical stores to ensure availability of essential drugs, increased revenue generation, and provided a range of services in response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Given their exemplary response during the Ebola crisis, Crown Agents is a strong fiscal agent for managing the various implementation partners of the CHAMPS Sierra Leone site.
FOCUS 1000 is a Sierra Leonean Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that invests in the first 1000 days of a child’s life – the period from conception to the child’s second birthday. FOCUS 1000 is situated in all 14 districts in Sierra Leone partnering with government agencies, development partners, community members and key community stakeholders including religious leaders, traditional healers, media practitioners, market women groups and civil society platforms by generating research-based evidence to promote advocacy, capacity development, service utilization, and social support. FOCUS 1000 leads the Social Behavioral Science (SBS) component for CHAMPS Sierra Leone which involves conducting formative research and community engagement to inform acceptability, feasibility, and implementation of all CHAMPS activities.
ICAP was founded in 2003 at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with the overall goal of empowering health systems through capacity building, research, and implementing evidence-based programs to ensure improved and accessible quality health care to all families and communities. ICAP in Sierra Leone, established in 2014, works jointly with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to fortify health systems, enhance health information systems, improve quality of health services, and strengthen human resources and efficiency.
ICAP joined CHAMPS Sierra Leone in 2018 and provides support for the implementation of its laboratory and diagnostic component as well as informatics and data systems. ICAP’s laboratory and diagnostic support include strengthening laboratory and pathology capacity for postmortem specimen collection and testing as well as Determination of Cause of Death (DeCoDe) Panel activities. ICAP’s informatics support includes technical assistance for database development, hosting, maintenance, and troubleshooting, as well as data collection and management.
World Hope International (WHI) is a Christian relief and development organization working globally to alleviate poverty, suffering, and injustice. They use market-based, community-driven, enterprise solutions that empower, protect, & build resiliency. WHI partners with local communities and works with relevant line ministries—including ministries of health and sanitation, ministry of water resources, ministry of agriculture, ministry of education, and ministry of social welfare—to determine the most sustainable, grassroots solutions to injustice and oppression, with the over-arching goal of transferring ownership of all initiatives to communities. For CHAMPS Sierra Leone, WHI leads mortality surveillance activities.