We want to give the poor and sick people in Sierra Leone what they need right now, direct cash transfers so they can take care of themselves and their families. That means reducing financial shocks due to income loss. It means eliminating the obstacles that prohibit them from accessing care. And it means we can care for patients through every step in their journey to well-being. When providing care is not enough, we do more.
Fighting sickness means fighting poverty. When our patients are poor, we do more.
The problem In 2014-2015 Sierra Leone suffered from one of the worst Ebola Virus outbreak in history which left lasting consequences for its people. Their fragile health system broke apart from loss of staff, and loss of confidence from the community in health services and outcomes. The limited resources and restricted access to care is greatly affecting the most vulnerable patients in the country. This includes the poorest patients and those with chronic conditions like HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.
Why Partners In Health PIH has successfully supported the governments of Haiti, Rwanda and other countries profoundly affected by poverty and conflict, to dramatically improve outcomes, and now aims to achieve these same results in Sierra Leone. PIH Sierra Leone is committed to supporting the Government of Sierra Leone to build a health system that will extend and improve the quality of life for millions of Sierra Leoneans. Post-Ebola recovery does not just mean expanded infection prevention and control programs, but rather transformative training programs and catalytic investments in the most underserved communities.
Our Plan to help Our Acute Needs Program (ANP) will provide immediate, acute non-medical support to patients to reduce the financial shock and improve clinical outcomes. This will be given to patients who meet the criteria in our vulnerability assessment and upon final review by a panel of community and clinical members for a maximum duration of three months. And for patients with chronic illnesses, or who have recurrent health or social issues, such as homelessness a flexible, larger or longer fund will be provided, particularly those without family members.
Why it depends on your support We need to raise $10,000 to provide social support 300 severely vulnerable patients who are waiting for financial assistance. $50 would provide $42 of direct cash transfer to be used for food, shelter, transportation and $8 will support community and clinical infrastructure.