Promoting Immunization Amidst the Threat of Ebola

IMUNIZATION

The Ebola outbreak that began in May 2014 derailed significant progress that had been made in helping immunization coverage rates recover from the 1990-2000 civil conflict as well as undermining an already fragile health system. As services were redirected to dealing with the crisis and less attention was paid to healthcare provision, it became evident that government efforts to eradicate the disease faced severe obstacles.

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TRIBUTE TO THE LATE USMAN NURUDIN SHAHID JAH

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The relationship between Alhaji UNS Jah as he was fondly called and FOCUS 1000 staff and friends, stems as far back as in the 1980s when he was appointed as the national coordinator and social mobilization consultant for the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI). Alhaji UNS Jah has a very strong passion for the growth survival and development of children, which made him an undisputable favorite for this post. Charged with the responsibility to see Sierra Leone reach a fully immunized coverage of 75% from a merge 5%, Alhaji UNS Jah displayed leadership, responsibility, innovation and direction that lead to the birth of two giant faith based groups (Islamic Action Group (ISLAG) and Christian Action Group, CHRISTAG) which have positively influenced successful outcomes of immunization in Sierra Leone.

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