Dr Clifford Kamara, a consultant and lecturer from Sierra Leone, discusses aspects of health systems strengthening that cut across countries. Human resources, drug supply, and health management information systems, are all sectors in which countries could benefit from learning from each other, but in light of this, Dr. Kamara highlights of the biggest obstacles to sharing information: lack of appropriate monitoring and documenting.
Clifford Wurie Kamara lectures in Sierra Leone’s College of Medicine. Until November 2017, he was Health Coordinator of the President’s Post-Ebola Recovery Programme. Prior to this, he was Senior Programme Officer in the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Sustainable Immunization Financing Programme, with responsibilities for relevant policy innovations in Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. As Director of Planning for the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, he established an innovative national health planning process in Sierra Leone, and managed numerous donor-supported health projects. He has considerable regional and international experience, especially working with WHO, UNICEF, and at the HQ of the World Bank. From 2003 to 2011, Clifford was an active member of GAVI’s (the Vaccine Alliance) Independent Review Committees (IRCs). He was also a member of the HSS Task Team, and successfully chaired the Monitoring IRC from 2008 to 2011. He continues independent consultancy work.