Leadership Team

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Honourable Minister of Health and Sanitation

Dr Abu Bakarr Fofanah is the current Honourable Minister of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone. A Medial Doctor by profession, Dr Fofanah spent most of his career in clinical settings while nurturing his passion for politics. He has worked in the public health hospitals of Sierra Leone and spent a significant portion of his career teaching miniundergraduate medical students at the College of Medicine and Allied Health at the University of Sierra Leone. Dr Fofanah has earned several postgraduate degrees in several European countries specializing in Public Health; Tropical Disease and Medicine. He spent most of his time outside of Sierra Leone in the United Kingdom where he also worked as a Physician for the National Health Service. Dr Fofanah returned to Sierra Leone to serve as a Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation from the beginning of 2013, a position he held until his appointment as Minister of Health and Sanitation during the second half of 2014. In his current position, he has been a strong force in Sierra Leone’s EVD elimination strategy and restoring essential health services. His current priorities include realizing the President’s two key priorities in Health: Maintaining a resilient zero [cases of EVD] and drastic reduction in maternal and child mortality – which he aims to accomplish through implementation of the Ministry’s six health flagship programmes which he champions himself. The flagship programs include (among others) establishment of a National Emergency Medical Service, establishment of a postgraduate medical training program and reduction of maternal and child mortality through a district capacity strengthening project. The Honorable Minister performs his role with sincere dedication and commitment. He is very keen to see Sierra Leone advance in its development agenda. He often speaks very passionately about his quest to build and/or strengthen national systems and institutions.

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