Currently, nearly 15,000 CHWs are providing high-impact, life-saving health and nutrition services to community members in Sierra Leone. In the wake of the Ebola crisis, Sierra Leone recognizes that a strong and organized CHW system is key not only to keeping community members healthy, but also to quelling and preventing future epidemics.
AMP Health began working in Sierra Leone in 2016 in order to support the rollout of the country's updated CHW strategy, increase the performance of its community health system, and increase investments in community health, particularly supporting the integration and implementation of financing mechanisms.
- Supported the training of 15,000 community health workers
- Facilitated a partnership to provide mobile payments of CHW salaries and first national CHW database
- Assisted the CHW hub team in assessing organizational needs and hirings
- Facilitated engagement to finish a costing gap analysis, develop an advocacy toolkit, and build the capacity of a new operations officer
- Supported the establishment of a visual management system for the CHW hub to facilitate greater transparency, accountability, and performance management
"AMP Health's presence in Sierra Leone, through a resident Managment Partner, has contributed to the successful training, deployment, and payment of incentives to 15,000 CHWs and strengthened the leadership and managment skills required by the CHW Hub to scale a national-based community health program." Alpha Bangura, National Coordinator, CHW Hub
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Dr. Joseph Kandeh - Director of Primary Health Care, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone
Dr. Joseph N. Kandeh is the Director of Primary Health Care in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the Republic of Sierra Leone. As the National Community Health Workers programme is one of the programmes in the directorate of Primary Health Care, it falls within Dr. Kandeh's purview. Prior to becoming a medical doctor, he served as a lecturer in Science and Science Education in one of the then Teacher Training Colleges (Bo Teachers College) – now a campus of Njala University in Sierra Leone. Since graduation from the medical college, Joseph Ngagba Kandeh has served in many positions in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation including House Officer, Medical Officer, Medical Superintendent, District Medical Officer, Manager - Health System Strengthening and National Coordinator - National Disease Surveillance and response (IDSR). He holds the following degrees – B.Sc. Ed, MD, MPH - in addition to many certificates in Traditional medicine management, Leprosy and TB Management, among others.
Alpha Bangura - National Coordinator, Community Health Workers Programme, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone
Alpha joined the Ministry of Health and Sanitation as the National Coordinator for the Community Health Workers Programme in June 2017. His passion for community development blossomed when he was District Manager for ActionAid International Tonkolili and Kono districts, and Head of Programmes and Policy from 2007 to 2012. He has developed project proposals and secured funding for a range of community driven projects in education, women’s rights, governance, health, agriculture, and security. Alpha has also worked with the Norwegian Refugee Council, the national Tropical Diseases Programme, SightSavers and most recently with the USAID Guinea and Sierra Leone Mission where he was Programme Development Specialist between 2015 and 2017, providing programme design and implementation support to health, food, and governance portfolios. Alpha is a graduate of Njala University, and has masters degrees in education and business administration. He holds several development programme certificates including one in health systems strengthening from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is happily married and has a daughter.
Kiribakka Tendo - Management Partner, Sierra Leone Community Health
Tendo has over five years of experience in investment banking and recently completed his MBA at the R. H. Smith School of Business of the University of Maryland. He has work experience in eight African countries, the United Kingdom, and was a Retail Leadership Development Program intern at Amazon’s head office in Seattle over the summer of 2015. Tendo was instrumental in the design and deployment of the P&L attribution system across Barclays offices across Africa. Tendo is a self-taught computer programmer and graphic designer. He plays the guitar, piano, and the recorder. He enjoys hiking, photography, playing basketball and swimming.