Training of CHC Leaders and SHC Facilitators in Sierra Leone ends today
BRAC, with the mandate to enhance and promote sustainable developmental in the health sector, both at community and school levels, has started a four-day training of Community Health Committees (CHC) and School Health Clubs (SHC) at Atlantic Hall, National Stadium in Freetown.
Speaking on the theme ‘Malaria Free Sierra Leone’ in an exclusive interview with the Regional Health Coordinator, Kham Mohamed Bazlur Rashid, he told this medium that the training targeted two sets of key stakeholders in the Western Area who will be trained in skills that will enable them to transfer skills to others at their different communities about the effect of malaria and the preventative methods of the disease.
The coordinator stated that BRAC is an international organization established in Sierra Leone in 2008 to help address the needs of poor people in the promotion of health in the country.
He said that his organization has a very cordial relationship with the Ministry of Health as they have a total of ninety-six member clubs in their areas of operation in Tonkolili, Bo, Kenema, including Women’s Leaders in some parts of the country, adding that the strategy set up to prevent malaria includes the cleaning of the environment, every family to sleep under a mosquito treated bed net, pregnant women to take all their dosage, especially the prescribed one by the Health Ministry for all pregnant women called Sulpradoxine Pyemethamin (SP).
Gandli Kallon, Social Mobilization Coordinator Western Area in the Ministry of Health stated that the training workshop was geared towards addressing preventative methods of malaria in the country as their objective of the strategies is for the proper treatment of malaria.
He said some of the other methods that relate to the prevalence of malaria is the change behaviour of the people, which is why the training is conducted as a participatory method for the participants of which the only success to this training of trainers lies especially with the manner in which the participants will replicate the idea to their various communities and their different schools at community level.
Rugiatu Usmanne Kabia from Mellon Street community, a beneficiary and participant of the workshop extended her thanks and appreciation to the coordinator and the organizers for what she had learnt from the workshop which is geared towards the promotion of the health sector, especially in the preventative methods of malaria and the importance of SP as one of the recognized and considered drugs prescribed for pregnant women, together with the signs and symptoms of malaria.
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