Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In a collaborative effort to advance public health research, Statistics Sierra Leone (Stats SL) has teamed up with the National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA) to spearhead the Comprehensive Health and Epidemiological Surveillance System (CHESS) Technical Committee research implementation plans.
CHESS represents a cutting-edge approach to population surveillance, aiming to deliver timely, high-quality data for disease-specific and pathogen-specific morbidity, alongside comprehensive statistics for overall and cause-specific mortality.
The engagement session served as a platform for Statistics Sierra Leone to provide updates to NCRA representatives on the progress made by the CHESS Technical Committee and to communicate the preparedness of Stats SL to successfully execute the CHESS research project.
Andrew Bob Johnny, Statistician General and CEO of Statistics Sierra Leone, expressed his satisfaction with the visit, highlighting the positive and collaborative relationship that has endured between the two institutions. He reiterated his commitment to maintaining this cooperative spirit in the future.
During the engagement, Brima Kamara, Deputy Director General of NCRA, emphasized the institution’s keen interest in matters concerning the health of the Sierra Leonean population. Kamara commended Stats SL for their commendable efforts thus far and acknowledged the significance of the CHESS research project. He emphasized that the data collected would greatly contribute to enhancing their database as the principal institution overseeing all National Registration processes. Kamara expressed NCRA’s eagerness for a mutually beneficial partnership with Stats SL in executing the research project.
Lansana Kpewolo Kanneh, Acting Deputy Statistician General of Stats SL, echoed the sentiment, stating that it was a pleasure for Stats SL to host representatives from a sister institution like NCRA. The collaboration between Stats SL and NCRA holds the promise of advancing healthcare research and bolstering national registration processes for the benefit of the Sierra Leonean population. SKS/18/1/2024