In January 2020, the Directorate of Policy Planning and Information (DPPI), under Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation, requested GRID3’s support in updating and geo-referencing the country’s master health facility list as part of the partnership between the government of Sierra Leone and GRID3. In the months that followed, GRID3 worked with DPPI, WHO, and UNICEF to analyse and refine existing data and contracted Premise to collect geographic coordinates of health facilities that were missing from previous datasets. After collecting and refining the data, a three-day Master Health Facility List Validation workshop was held to provide stakeholders an opportunity to understand GRID3’s approach in creating the master list.
Participants in the workshop included officials from government ministries and departments, as well as representatives of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, UNICEF, and the Christian Health Association of Sierra Leone. With a clear understanding of how GRID3 evaluated the spatial quality of existing and newly collected data, participants then reviewed the dataset and provided edits to ensure its accuracy on the final day of the workshop.