As of 26 June, more than 65,000 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded across the 15 countries which comprise the Economic Community of West African States since the pandemic first arrived in the region from Europe,
through Nigeria in late February.
The outbreak has highlighted the important role individual citizens and the private sector can play in supporting health systems strengthening.
The government must capitalise on this momentum to continue to improve medical facilities, train and compensate health care workers and ensure that needed supplies are readily available.
Four years after winning the fight against Ebola, Sierra Leone has another virus to defeat, but the resilience and perseverance of its citizens should offer hope that it will be able to do so.