The COVID-19 pandemic exposed huge gaps in the Sierra Leone health system's ability to respond adequately to the situation. The country has been facing several challenges in equipping COVID-19 treatment centers (CTCs) and isolation units with the appropriate equipment, particularly life-saving medicine oxygen. This resulted in the country adopting a reactionary approach to mitigate the short supply of Oxygen during the pandemic instead of putting together a long-term plan to meet Oxygen demand continuously and sustainably. Meanwhile donors and partners such as the Global Fund, FCDO, MSF, WHO, ADB are funding the procurement and installation of PSA plants and other oxygen management equipment including the procurement and installation of 3 new oxygen plants powered by 50 KVA solar power for 34 Military Hospital, Connaught Hospital and Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH)/Ola-During Children’s’ Hospital (ODCH); and 50KVA solar power for Kenema and Bo Regional hospitals to support critical care services for COVID-19 and other essential and critical care services.
At the same time, the country has set up a Technical Working Group (TWG) composed of technical partners to support the government in its continuous search for sustainable solutions to close the country’s oxygen gap. In 2021, the MoHS developed an Operational Plan for the expansion of oxygen production capacity in Sierra Leone. Building up from that plan, the MoHS plans to develop a long-term comprehensive strategic plan for the expansion of oxygen production capacity in Sierra Leone for production, logistics management, distribution, regulation, operation, maintenance, and audit at the point of use.
Through C19RM funding from USAID, Jhpiego will recruit a Technical Advisor to provide technical assistance to Medical Oxygen Ecosystem in Sierra Leone
The Technical Advisor will work in close collaboration with MOHS, the Jhpiego team in Sierra Leone, and representatives from different Jhpiego International dased departments to support the successful implementation of the project.
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