His Excellency the President, Dr. Julius Maada Bio, has launched a $60 million Quality Essential Health Systems and Services Support Project, a World Bank grant to help Sierra Leone achieve its care goals universal health.
Health and Sanitation Minister Dr Austin Demby thanked the President for his bold decision to make human capital development the main foundation of the country’s national development, adding that this would strongly support the vision to invest in education, health, agriculture and infrastructure.
“His Excellency, since you appointed me Minister of Health and Sanitation a year ago, I have worked tirelessly with the incredible team at the ministry…and our development partners, including the World Bank, not only to make significant progress in health indicators, but also to do so with a renewed emphasis on “patient/client-centered care”.
“…we want to see meaningful changes that will bend the curve of our trajectory towards the end of the SDGs in 2030, just eight years from now. Minor cosmetic changes will not help us achieve the desired goals. Bold actions aimed at reducing maternal mortality from 717 per 100,000 to less than 300 per 100,000 over the next two years are the kind of illustrative examples we are aiming for.
Dr Demby said action by the World Bank, investments by the Government of Sierra Leone and development partners such as Partners In Health will pave the way for realizing the nation’s collective vision for the health sector. health.
World Bank Country Director Dr. Abdu Muwonge congratulated the government and people of Sierra Leone for achieving such a remarkable achievement in securing the Bank’s huge grant for a single project, adding that it was a pleasure and a privilege for him to see such a huge gain made by President Julius Maada Bio and his government.
“Your Excellency, on behalf of the Bank and my colleagues, we would like to reassure you and your government of our support for the health sector. This is in line with the national development plan, where we know that under your leadership, a strong commitment has been put in place to achieve the development of the country’s human capital. Thank you very much,” he concluded.
In his statement, the chair, Dr. Julius Maada Bio, said the grant would be used to fund a hub-and-spoke service delivery model that would identify centers in each district cluster and then distribute and improve quality essential health services to each of these. satellite stations.
“The following district facilities will be transformed into centers: For Bonthe District: (United Brothers in Christ (UBC) Hospital, CHC Moriba Town, CHC Tihun). For Kailahun District: (CHC Bandajuma Yawei, CHC Buedu, Jojoima-CHC). For Falaba district: (CHC Kurubonla, CHC Falaba, CHC Mongo). For Tonkolili District: (CHC Hinistas, CHC Masingbi, CHC Bendugu). For rural West (Waterloo, CHC Goderich).
“We intend to achieve a number of goals with this project. First, we want to ensure that qualified health personnel are available in the target districts. Second, pregnant women must visit the antenatal clinic at least four times, and all deliveries are attended by qualified health personnel. Next, we want to make sure that the children are fully vaccinated. Finally, all mothers and children should receive basic nutrition services at health facilities,” he said.