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Managing the Response to Ebola in Sierra Leone /

  • 10 million individual items – weighing 2m kilos – procured, transported and distributed /
  • 240 suppliers engaged in procurement /

Making Sierra Leone Ebola-free

We managed the UK government’s response to the Ebola epidemic which hit Sierra Leone in 2014. We and our partners the International Procurement Agency built a robust end-to-end supply chain to fight the spread of disease and save thousands of lives.

Our approach:

  • Within 72 hours of being engaged by DFID we had set up the first Ebola treatment centre in Freetown
  • Operating flights carrying 1,500 product lines on a 48-hour rotation, delivering on our promise of ‘no stock-outs’
  • Coordinating closely with the UK Ministry of Defence, Sierra Leone government, UN and other NGO implementing partners to ensure uninterrupted supply of medicines
  • Developing standard specifications with key stakeholders to agree sources of acceptable alternative medical products
  • Establishing a dedicated warehouse supported by sophisticated IT to capture data to inform forecasting and decision making

Beating the epidemic

We are proud to have played a role in the country being declared Ebola-free in November 2015. We are continuing to partner in Sierra Leone to improve systems, processes and behaviours in Sierra Leone’s healthcare system.