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Oct 2014 – Dec 2014

Essential medical supplies for mothers and children in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone


Sierra Leone – Africa

To support the global response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

$2,500,000 Grant Value


This grant aimed to address the fact that, during the Ebola outbreak, more children were dying of non-Ebola illnesses (like pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria) than of Ebola. The programme supported UNICEF's work in Sierra Leone to provide essential health care services for mothers and children. 

The focus of this grant was the procurement of essential non-Ebola medicines and consumables, as well as warehousing and distribution of medicines in Sierra Leone, to manage the secondary impact of the Ebola outbreak and to ensure that essential services for children continue (eg. treatment of diarrhoea, pneumonia, and malaria). 

The grant also supported the training of healthcare workers for provision of these services and the training of community health workers in the 'no touch' policy on Ebola response.


Over the life of this grant, our funding contributed to the following activities intended to help more than one million children under the age of five, and 540,000 pregnant or breast-feeding mothers.

  • Development of guidelines to provide healthcare during an Ebola outbreak
  • 2,400 peripheral health unit staff trained in revised guidelines
  • 9,715 community health workers trained in revised guidelines
  • Essential and lifesaving medicines promoted/distributed to 1,185 peripheral health units and 23 hospitals