On Thursday 28th September, the United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Bryan Hunt, paid a visit to Port Loko city in the northern region of the country. The purpose of his visit was to familiarize himself with the projects funded by the United States in that particular area.
During his visit, the Ambassador made a stop at the Port Loko District Health Medical Team office as well as the Port Loko Government Hospital HIV clinic. This clinic is one of the 11 sites supported by the United States Government’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program, providing a comprehensive range of HIV services. The Ambassador had the opportunity to learn about the various health projects supported by the United States, including investments aimed at strengthening surveillance, workforce capacity, and HIV prevention and treatment.
Furthermore, the Ambassador was given a demonstration of electronic surveillance by representatives from the Port Loko District Surveillance and Data teams. This demonstration provided him with a deeper understanding of the surveillance systems in place to monitor public health issues in the region.
Overall, Ambassador Hunt’s visit to Port Loko allowed him to gain valuable insights into the United States’ contributions to healthcare in Sierra Leone and witness firsthand the impact of these investments on the ground.