Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Workshop


April 1, 2014

As Public Health England (PHE) celebrates its first year as the national public health agency of England, it is also celebrating a new, peer-to-peer NPHI partnership with the coastal African nation of Sierra Leone.  This new partnership will be fostered during a peer-to-peer capacity assessment and workshop in Freetown April 29-30. 

Public Health Leaders in Sierra Leone are contemplating joining the more than 90 countries around the world that have established National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) as a way to coordinate and strengthen public health.  The workshop, hosted by the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health & Sanitation, IANPHI and PHE, will focus on assessing public health capacity in Sierra Leone and providing a strategic framework for Sierra Leone to consider establishing an NPHI of its own.

Workshop participants and capacity evaluators will include those from well-established public health institutes (including Mark Salter and others from Public Health England and Felix Rosenberg from Brazil’s FIOCRUZ), new public health institutes (including Austin Mnthambala from the Public Health Institute of Malawi) and technical experts from IANPHI and PHE.  In addition to an assessment of national public health capacity using the IANPHI Framework for the Creation and Development of National Public Health Institutes, workshop sessions will include opportunities to discuss plans to use IANPHI’s “twinning” model for Sierra Leone to partner with PHE in the development its own national public health research laboratory. Plans to review the 1964 Sierra Leone Public Health Act, as well as plans for the Commonwealth Dental Association’s development of an oral health component of public health in Sierra Leone will also be discussed at the workshop.

Through interactive sessions and presentations by Sierra Leonean Ministry of Health officials and seasoned international public health colleagues, the workshop will provide a strong foundation for Sierra Leone’s NPHI, and will serve as an important tool for PHE to share its technical expertise and engage with public health leaders of Sierra Leone as they consider beginning the process of NPHI development. 

Sierra Leone Map

Sierra Leone Facts




71,740 sq km


$3.777 billion


degree of riskvery high
food or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
vectorborne diseases: malaria, dengue fever, and yellow fever
water contact disease: schistosomiasis
animal contact disease: rabies
aerosolized dust or soil contact disease: Lassa fever


74.95 deaths/1,000 live births


Male: 54 
Female: 60


Source: WHO, World Bank, World Health Rankings