OIG conducted this audit to determine whether OFDA was achieving its goal to train and prepare healthcare providers to prevent the spread of Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone. We found that OFDA lacked accurate data to demonstrate that it achieved its goal. Grantees who conducted training did not retain evidence to support their results and, in one case, counted providers who received training under previous programs not funded by OFDA.
Moreover, OIG site visits showed that healthcare providers in Liberia were not consistently applying what they had learned, ignoring infection and prevention control protocols such as washing hands and disposing of medical waste appropriately. Healthcare providers said the practices were new and would take some time to adopt.
We made no recommendations in this report.