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United States Government Supports Launch of National eHealth Coordination Hub

United States Government Supports Launch of National eHealth Coordination Hub

On March 30, 2017, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation officially launched the National eHealth Coordination Hub, a national coordinating and regulating structure that will support the advancement of digital health in Sierra Leone. This initiative is supported by UNICEF as part of a project funded by the United States Agency for International Development of approximately $2 million to strengthen the Health Management Information System in Sierra Leone.

Attending the launch were representatives of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Ministry of Information and Communications, U.S. Mission Sierra Leone, USAID, UNICEF and other development partners and stakeholders.  U.S Deputy Chief of Mission Laurie Meininger reconfirmed the U.S. Government’s commitment to strengthen health systems and service delivery post-Ebola.   “With this project, the Government of Sierra Leone is taking a step in the right direction, recognizing the growing importance of health coordination for the future health sustainable development goals in Sierra Leone”.

As digital health initiatives are introduced into Sierra Leone, it is imperative that there is government-led coordination and regulation and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Communications, is leading the effort.   The eHealth Coordination Hub will enable the Government of Sierra Leone to better align data with national health system goals.

United States Mission Sierra Leone, Public Affairs Office

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