Sierra Leone

Information for Patients
Healthcare in Sierra Leone is available through government, private facilities and over 100 operating non-governmental organizations (NGO). All healthcare facilities are chargeable for with exceptions for pregnant women and children.

In April 2010, the United Kingdom and the United Nations joined together to fully fund the refurbishment of hospitals and provide medical and pharmaceutical supplies. Since then, “Free Health Care Medical Insurance” was launched to cover healthcare fees for pregnant and breast-feeding women as well as children under the age of 5. 

Whilst travelling to Sierra Leone, foreigners should purchase adequate medical travel insurance. Depending on medical history and needs, it is advisable to have access to funds in case of need to travel abroad to seek appropriate medical facilities. 


Information for Health Care Professionals
Healthcare professional seeking to relocate in Sierra Leone must apply to be registered through the Medical and Dental Council of Sierra Leone. Applications and more information can be found at https://www.mdc-sl.org/

English is the official language of instruction and in government administration. Additionally, Krio, derived from several indigenous African languages and English, is spoken in all parts of Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone suffers from extreme shortages of qualified medical doctors and healthcare workers. 


Information for Travelers 
The recent Ebola outbreak heavily impacted this English-speaking country in 2014. By the end of 2015, Sierra Leone was declared free from the disease. The country however still suffers from various infectious outbreaks such as lassa fever, meningitis and HIV. Cholera outbreaks occur especially during rainy seasons, therefore drinking water must be boiled or bottled.

Travellers planning to visit Sierra Leone must consult their general practitioner before travelling. Recommended vaccinations include all routine vaccinations in addition to the following: diphtheria, cholera, measles, yellow fever, hepatitis A, malaria, typhoid, hepatitis B and rabies. Due to the generally poor conditions, travellers should prepare adequate medical supplies.

Link to the Ministry of health website for Sierra Leone: https://mohs.gov.sl/

 

 

Resources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Healthcare_in_Sierra_Leone#Free_healthcare_scheme
https://www.insureandgo.com/travel-insurance/countries/sierra-leone
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sierra-leone/health
https://www.expatriatehealthcare.com/country-facts/sierra-leone-expat-guide/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6286603/
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/sierra-leone
https://www.nomadtravel.co.uk/travel-clinic/travel-vaccinations-for/africa/sierra-leone
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8645968.stm
https://www.mdc-sl.org/