Free Health Care Distribution for Pregnant Women, Under 5 children and Lactating Mothers, Sierra Leone

Current Status of the Procurement and Distribution Process

Round 2 of CAIPA FHC Q2 distribution has been completed in all Districts this includes, both First and Last Mile:


Distribution status – Map 31-11-2016



Procurement and Delivery Status Round 3 of the distribution includes:

-­‐ Goods procured by UNICEF, which were not included in Round 1 and 2 due to late arrival
-­‐ Discrepancies


For more information, please see below Bulletin with an update for partners and stakeholders



About the distribution of Free Health Care Initiative supplies

Ensuring free drugs are available in primary healthcare facilities is critical to encouraging health seeking behaviour. The Free Health Care Initiative (FHCI) in Sierra Leone promises free health services (preventative and curative) to all children under 5, pregnant and lactating women and Ebola survivors. DFID has supported the FHCI in Sierra Leone since its inception in 2010 through support to the procurement and distribution of supplies for the FHCI.

DFID is therefore contracting International Procurement Agency (IPA), as its contracted Procurement Agent (PA) in Sierra Leone, to assist the Ministry of Health to bridge the gap in essential commodities and to aid in delivering this service. This has been due to the evident failures of previously supported National Pharmaceutical Procurement Unit (NPPU), which was managed by original implementer. This implementing partner also failed to provide adequate auditable documentation, and due to these facts DFID has now sourced a pre-established and proven private contractor to provide this service.