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Sierra Leone News: PPASL Executive Director wins award

The Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Association of Sierra Leone (PPASL) David E. Williams has won the maiden, “Excellence Award on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights” given to staff by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Africa Region, based in Nairobi, Kenya, on 30 June 2017.
This award honours an individual Member Association staff who has significantly enhanced the promotion, realization or defence of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The award was bestowed on the recipient for prolonged exemplary leadership quality, innovation in advancing the course of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights agenda and ability to motivate staff and be an example to others. Other criteria for the award included significant contribution to the International Planned Parenthood Federation organization above and beyond the job description, outstanding management of significant projects that help the IPPF towards achievement of its mission and vision.
Williams has had prolonged relationship with IPPF/PPASL spanning nineteen years, and served in various capacities until he became Executive Director in January 2014.
When Ebola struck in the country, he provided strategic leadership and inspired staff to integrate Ebola Response initiative into Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights service provision.
“We view the provision of safe abortion services as a human rights issue, which must be promoted and supported. We help people who have gone through incomplete and unsafe abortions by providing comprehensive abortion care services.”
Currently, the organization is affected by funding gaps due to lack of support from the Republican led administration in the United States of America led by President Donald Trump.
The Executive Director maintained that the award should be a motivating factor to others so that they too can be recognized , based on commitment and dedication to duty , a prerequisite to win future awards.
The Planned Parenthood Association of Sierra Leone (PPASL) focuses on the rights-based approach to empowerment with SRH&R knowledge and skills to have families not by chance but by choice.
By Saidu Bah
Thursday July 20, 2017.

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