Sierra Leone

Commitments from the 2014 High Level Meeting

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Progress Overview

Total: 9 Commitments

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The Government of Sierra Leone has already included in the 2013-2018 Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (Agenda for Prosperity) the expansion and support for Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS). MoHS will establish the Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate by 2015 in support of the Agenda for Prosperity.

2015
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National Planning Processes

Capacity (incl. HR)

Milestones of Progress:

A Director has already been appointed. Thers is also a Technical Advisory group that has been contracted by DFID that is providing the necessay technical support needed for the complete setting up of the Directorate.



Steps Remaining to Fully Achieve:

Building the capacity of the Directorate, through training and the recruitment of Technical staff.



Likely to Achieve for 2016?

Yes, likely


Influence of 2014 HLM on progress of commitment:

Highly Influential

MoHS will finalize the Environmental Health and Sanitation Policy with the inclusion of open defecation and better hygiene practices in the Health and Sanitation Strategic Action Plan by 2016.

2015
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National Planning Processes

Policy and Plans

Milestones of Progress:

There is a zero draft of both the Environmental Health and Sanitation Policy and the Strategic Plan.



Steps Remaining to Fully Achieve:

There is a need for these documents to be validated at National level, however with the outbreak of ebola, this has been put on hold.



Likely to Achieve for 2016?

Possible (with extra effort)


Influence of 2014 HLM on progress of commitment:

Highly Influential

Review WASH policies to ensure the framework is adequate for Sanitation, Hygiene Promotion and WASH in Schools by the MoHS and the Ministry of Education before 2016.

2015
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National Planning Processes

Policy and Plans

Milestones of Progress:

WASH Policies as well as Public Health Ordinance are currently under review and will address WASH in Schools. Already a National Steering Committee of the key ministries - Education, Health and Sanitation and Water Resources - has been established to address WASH in schools (as part of the reopening of schools post ebola). The work of the Committee will also inform national school WASH planning and co-ordination.



Steps Remaining to Fully Achieve:

The current review of the WASH Policies will address this. A fully operationalised Environemental Health Directorate will help accelerate progress in this area.



Likely to Achieve for 2016?

Yes, likely


Influence of 2014 HLM on progress of commitment:

No influence

The Ministry of Water Resource will develop a framework for self-supply as a service delivery option within the national WASH policy to complement CLTS by 2015.

2015
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National Planning Processes

Policy and Plans

Milestones of Progress:

One of the two pilot projects which were being implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Water Resources and the Ministry of Health has been completed whilst the other project, which is being implemented by WaterAid, is developing a road map to scale up.



Steps Remaining to Fully Achieve:

A Financing Study needs to be done for the first project completed, and the development of the Road Map Scale up Document. However these two activities have been slowed down because of the outbreak of ebola.



Likely to Achieve for 2016?

Possible (with extra effort)


Influence of 2014 HLM on progress of commitment:

Some Influence

Ensure that MoHS through the Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate, will take clear leadership of the national sanitation co-ordination with schedule meetings by 2015.

2015
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National Planning Processes

Coordination and Alignment

Milestones of Progress:

There has been regular coordination meetings through different coordination forums that has been set up these include the Sector Policy Coordination Team (SPCT) which looks at how policy objectives can be actualized. There is also the Sanitation Forum also the Commitee that was set up to look at the Sanitation Policy and Strategy Document and the revision of the Public Health Ordinance.



Steps Remaining to Fully Achieve:

Need to continue Coordination meeting by the Directorate.



Likely to Achieve for 2016?

Possible (with extra effort)


Influence of 2014 HLM on progress of commitment:

Highly Influential

Ministry of Finance and Economic Development will progressively increase the national budget allocation up to 0.5% of GDP for sanitation by 2016.

2015
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Political Prioritization

Financing

Milestones of Progress:

Although there is still no budget line for sanitation, resources for implementation of the A4P were mostly diverted to pre and post ebola activities which were focused on sanitation.



Steps Remaining to Fully Achieve:

The eradication of ebola, and with full support to the Post Ebola Recovery Strategy.



Likely to Achieve for 2016?

No, unlikely


Influence of 2014 HLM on progress of commitment:

No Influence

MoHS and MWR in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development will develop an investment plan for Sanitation including hygiene promotion and Water Supply by 2016.

2015
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Political Prioritization

Financing

Milestones of Progress:

District WASH Plans have been produced by all 19 Councils and these are being sent to Ministry of Finance to inform their budgeting. There has been a positive indication from the Ministry and the Local Government Finance Department of increased budget allocation. The plans incorporate sanitation and hygiene. A Post Ebola Action Plan by the GoSL gives considerable focus to WASH, and this has been launched in Brussels.



Steps Remaining to Fully Achieve:

A consolidated National WASH Investment Plan is expected to be undertaken in 2016.



Likely to Achieve for 2016?

Possible (with extra effort)


Influence of 2014 HLM on progress of commitment:

Some Influence

Continue capacity building for the sector.

2015
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National Planning Processes

Capacity (incl. HR)

Milestones of Progress:

Trained 223 Public Health Aides. One person sent out to study Sanitory Engineering. Trainings were also done for the Water Directorate on Assessing Capital Projects, Monitoring and Evaluation, Leadership and on other areas that were relevant to the sector. A lot of the training also focused on Community Health nurses/workers as part of the ebola response (420 nurses and 840 Environmental Health Aides) . Several trainings have also been done for the Technical Staff of the Water Directorate on Leadership, Water Quality analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation and Project Management.



Steps Remaining to Fully Achieve:

There is a greater need to build on what has been learnt and continued commitment of political leadership. Howeve,r significant funding will be required for training and caapcity building of staff of the new Directorate.



Likely to Achieve for 2016?

Yes, likely


Influence of 2014 HLM on progress of commitment:

Highly Influential

Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Ministry of Water Resources and Ministry of Finance and Economic Development will strengthen the M&E framework for WASH including financial tracking and also invest in knowledge management, operation research to inform policies and plans by 2016.

2015
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Evidence Based Decision Making

Evidence

Milestones of Progress:

Sector monitoring indicators are being reviewed but action has been considerably stalled as a result of the ebola outbreak. Associated local and national level consultations have been put on hold. Sector learning activities have been ongoing however, with lesson sharing to inform policies



Steps Remaining to Fully Achieve:

Environmental Health Directorate when fully operationlised will lead efforts in establishing a good M&E system following agreement on indicators and framework.



Likely to Achieve for 2016?

No, unlikely


Influence of 2014 HLM on progress of commitment:

Some Influence

Update Submitted By

  • Name: Mrs. Miatta Greywoods: Policy Analyst, Ministry of Water Resources

Stakeholders who participated in the progress review

  • Mrs. Miatta Greywoods, Policy Analyst, Ministry of Water Resources. Mrs. Hawa Musa, Snr. Development Officer, Ministry of Finance