University of Toronto Partner Njala University


University of Toronto

St Michael's

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING between NJALA UNIVERSITY, Sierra Leone and THE CENTRE FOR GLOBAL HEALTH RESEARCH, Canada to execute the training component of integrated facility-based birth and death registrations with medically certified cause of death under the “Countrywide Mortality Surveillance for Action (COMSA) project – Sierra Leone”

Njala University, an accredited academic institution located in the Republic of Sierra Leone, having its registered office at the Njala Campus, Moyamba District, Sierra Leone (hereinafter referred to as “NU”), and the Centre for Global Health Research, University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada (hereinafter referred to as “CGHR”) share common objectives in light of their respective mandates, namely the training component of a nationwide mortality surveillance system that tracks mortality and causes of death, strengthening civil registration and vital statistics in Sierra Leone, and collaboration on a malaria mortality estimation project

Scope of Collaboration

NU and CGHR shall work towards development and execution of activities including, but not restricted to, the following:

  1. Institutionalizing the online Advanced Course on Death Certification (hereinafter referred as “ACDC”) in NU. The course is intended to be a hands-on practical training tool that will help medical professionals learn to complete a medical certificate of cause of death with accuracy and precision. The course will achieve this objective by taking the medical professionals through modular training material with quizzes and a comprehensive final assessment to ensure long-term retention of the skills learned.
  2. Establishing local linkages for the promotion of ACDC to ensure all community health officials (CHOs) and nurses get trained on the ACDC course. Training support for physicians via medical colleges will also be considered.
  3. NU and CGHR will initiate national consultative meetings with relevant institutions to promote ACDC in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
  4. If required, NU will also impart other training required for the COMSA project like training of Community Health Workers and Surveyors for community-based work.
  5. NU will also collaborate with CGHR on a malaria mortality estimation project.
  6. The Project Coordinator for Bo district might be hosted at NU and if so, payment for office space and other facilities is to be provided by CGHR and included in the budget.