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Sierra Leone News: SEND engages beneficiaries on $223k health project

Participants during the meeting

Participants during the meeting

The Social Enterprise Development (SEND) Sierra Leone has concluded a day inception meeting with beneficiaries from three Chiefdoms in Kailahun on a six months building a resilient health system project.
This project will be done by SEND Sierra Leone in collaboration with the Ministry of Health with the total funds of $223,252.52 from the United Nations Development Program.This equivalent to Le1,640,906,287.00 that will be given in two folds.
According to the Project Officer of SEND in Kailahun, Mohamed Jalloh, the purpose of the meeting is to educate the beneficiaries on how the money for the project will be utilize in a transparent and accountable manner to avoid misinformation and ensure the right thing be done.
Jalloh said the aim of the project is to improve on the health facilities in six communities in 3 Chiefdom within the district through rehabilitation and construction of Peripheral Health Units, water wells, maternity wards, solar electrification that will benefit 30,000 beneficiaries.
He maintained they would be working with women groups as the main beneficiaries of the project to ensure the appropriate thing is done within the 6 months period so as to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates across the district.
The Project Officer disclosed they would construct PHU in Bandajuma, Sengema and Mendekelema whereas they will rehabilitate the PHU’s in Talia Luawa Chiefdom, Gbandiwulo Sandea Kissi Tongi Chiefdom to meet modern standards with solar electrification.
The representative from the Ministry of Local Council encouraged the beneficiaries to make use of the opportunity before them as it very difficult for project implementers to disclosed how they will utilize funds allocated for a specific projects.
He however urged them to make available materials they can provide at reasonable cost and also provide security for the items to ensure the projects become a success in their various localities.
The beneficiaries in their various contributions called on SEND Sierra Leone not to provide efficient monitoring on the various contractors who will be constructing the PHU’s and to also ensure the local people are employed as a way of developing local ownership of the project.
The deputy Chair at the Kailahun District Council, Sannoh, maintained the project is a dream come true for their people at this material time when the people are in need of it, adding that development will thrive when the people are healthy.
He called on the traditional leaders to provide security for the project to ensure the women benefits at the end of the day.
The Deputy Chair admonished the women to avoid giving birth at home and to start using the available facilities within their localities for the good of their families and communities.
The representative from UNDP expressed appreciation to the process introduced by SEND Sierra Leone in engaging beneficiaries on a project to be undertaken in their various communities with the amount to be spent displayed in front of them to know exactly which the project entails.
He informed the beneficiaries that the project belongs to them and not UNDP or SEND as they are only their to provide guidance and supervision, disclosing he had been in Sierra Leone for 2 years and this is the first time for him to witness such a meeting with complete transparency. AMK/27/11/17
By Alhaji M. Kamara
Tuesday November 28, 2017.

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