Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr Abu Bakarr Fofanah has joined high Global leaders in health in Tokyo, Japan for two inter-related important meetings aimed at shaping the global agenda in the next two to three years.

Hosted by the government of Japan in partnership with many prominent leading organizations, Dr. Fofanah on December 16, 2015 showcases Sierra Leone at the International conference on universal Health coverage in the development Era. His participation has been described very resourceful in health issues including the Global Fund to fight AIDS, T.B and Malaria under team: “Towards building resilient sustainable health system’’.

Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah the only minister from the three Ebola affected countries, was given an opportunity to sky-rocket the statues of Sierra Leone in the global health Agenda and the need for Sierra Leone’s voice in shaping the unfolding Agenda that spells over for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted on September 2015, by Global Leaders at the General Assemble in New York.

Health and Sanitation Minister Dr. Fofanah is also expected to show case Sierra Leone in the second part of the two day meeting which focuses on the Global Fund’s 5th replacement preparations.

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation through the Directorate of Food and Nutrition in collaboration with UNICEF has held a one day Consultative Meeting on the Draft Accountability Matrix on the Management of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) at the St. Anthony Parish Hall, Brookfields in Freetown.

In May 2015, a verification exercise was conducted using independent monitors in seven districts of Bo, Bonthe, Kailahun, Kono, Bombali, Tonkolili and Koinadugu.

The objective of the verification was to access the implementation of the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) programme in Outpatient Therapeutic Programme (OTP) Centre in these districts. The findings of the OTP verification exercise leads to the development of a draft of the Directorate’s accountability matrix on the management of RUTF and the inclusion of RUTF in the life-saving commodities’ list.

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation Multi- sectoral Coordinating Committee (MCC) for the reduction of teenage pregnancy has held its quarterly meeting in the conference hall of the ministry at Youyi building in Freetown.

Key among the role of the MCC is to provide policy guidance and direction in the implementation of the teenage pregnancy strategy through effective inter-sectoral and inter-ministerial communication and information sharing across the country.

The Minister of Health and Sanitation and Chair of the MCC, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah noted the long delay in convening the meeting due to the Ebola Virus disease outbreak in the country.

He disclosed that from information gathered during his visits to the hospitals and antenatal clinics, teenage pregnancy has been in the increase, adding that he is optimistic that with the end of the Ebola outbreak and the collaboration with partners they would be able to make the difference towards the reduction of teenage pregnancy and maternal and child mortality in the country.

As the World Health Organization (WHO) declares Sierra Leone free of Ebola, the Fourah Bay Community Foundation on Sunday December 6, 2015 held a Thanksgiving Service for the end of Ebola at the Jamiul Baitullah Mosque, Kennedy Street in Freetown.

In her statement, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II, Madam Madina Rahman expressed thanks to the entire Fourah Bay Community for their role played in ensuring that the Ebola is ended in the country.

She said they in the Fourah Bay Community played a great role to ensure that they observed the basic sanitation and hygiene practices in the fight, although the Ebola scare them but did not enter the community. She called on all in the community to continue the awareness and safe practices to ensure that Ebola and other infectious diseases are pushed away.

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