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Concept: Joseph Saidu Momoh

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Mortality surveillance and vital registration are limited in Sierra Leone, a country with one of the highest mortality rates among children aged <5 years worldwide, approximately 120 deaths per 1,000 live births (1,2). To inform efforts to strengthen surveillance, stillbirths and deaths in children aged <5 years from multiple surveillance streams in Bombali Sebora chiefdom were retrospectively reviewed. In total, during January 2015-November 2016, 930 deaths in children aged <5 years were identified, representing 73.3% of the 1,269 deaths that were expected based on modeled estimates. The "117" telephone alert system established during the Ebola virus disease (Ebola) epidemic captured 683 (73.4%) of all reported deaths in children aged <5 years, and was the predominant reporting source for stillbirths (n = 172). In the absence of complete vital events registration, 117 call alerts markedly improved the completeness of reporting of stillbirths and deaths in children aged <5 years.

Concepts: Death, Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, Temne people, Northern Province, Sierra Leone, Bombali District, Makeni, Joseph Saidu Momoh

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to explore the factors influencing women’s use of birth waiting homes in the Northern Bombali district, Sierra Leone.

Concepts: Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, Bombali District, Joseph Saidu Momoh