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Tuesday, 17th February 2015

Report on the Audit of the Management of Ebola Funds, May to October 2014

Source: Audit Service Sierra Leone

From Executive Summary:

The audit was undertaken in order to ascertain whether allocations and donations received directly by the GoSL, in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease were utilised with due regard to economy and efficiency and that internal controls were observed accordingly....

There were inadequate controls over the disbursement of funds. For instance, payments which exceeded Le14 billion were made from the Emergency Health Response and Miscellaneous Accounts without any supporting documents to substantiate the utilisation of such funds. Further payments which exceeded Le11billion were made from the same accounts without adequate supporting documents such as receipts, invoices, delivery notes, etc.

In the absence of a well coordinated sensitisation plan to raise awareness on Ebola and its prevention, the auditors observed an overwhelming number of requests from various individuals, Non-Governmental Organisations, parliamentarians etc, for sensitisation activi- ties to be carried out in different parts of the country. The audit team found that payments were made to the Member of Parliament (MP) for constituency 93 in Goderich to carry out sensitisation activities even though an amount had earlier been paid to all seating members of parliament for similar activities...

Several weaknesses were observed in the payment of incentives to healthcare workers. For instance, incentive payments to the sum of Le26 billions were made to various hospitals in the country for which returns were not produced to substantiate that such payments were made to healthcare workers.

+ Direct link to Report (PDF; 2.2 MB)



Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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