Sierra Leone joined the CQUIN learning network in September 2019. With a strong existing partnership between the Network of HIV Positives in Sierra Leone (NETHIPS) and the Ministry of Health’s National AIDS Control Programme, the country is well positioned to launch differentiated service delivery (DSD) implementation.
In March 2019, NETHIPS secured a commitment from the Ministry of Health to develop the first national DSD policy, a significant step toward improving HIV treatment quality and relieving the burden on congested health facilities. Human resources for health remain an ongoing challenge for Sierra Leone’s overburdened health system, driving the country team’s desire to consider DSD implementation as a potential solution. Through the development of more community-based models, Sierra Leone hopes to present more diverse options to recipients of care, and remove barriers to accessing critical, lifesaving medication.
As a new member of CQUIN, Sierra Leone hopes to leverage key features such as the south-to-south learning exchanges in order to gain new knowledge on successful community-based models across member countries.