USAID Mission calls on Health Minister
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Sierra Leone Country Programme Manager, Robert Hanchette and Health Officer, USAID Guinea Mission, Marietou Satin have reiterated their organization’s commitment to assist the Ministry of Health and Sanitation with Management Level Technical Assistant Support.
Speaking during a courtesy call on the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Madam Miatta Kargbo at her Youyi Building office in Freetown, Health Officer, Marietou Satin said the Guinea USAID Mission covers Sierra Leone and expressed the need for more funds to help boost the country’s health care delivery system.
She noted the imbalance in USAID support to Sierra Leone, pointing out that an advocacy tool would be developed to meet the demand.
The USAID Country Programme Manager, Robert Hanchette dilated on some key issues which included human resource development, structural reforms and technical support to beef up the managerial gaps within the public health sector.
The Programme Development Specialist, USAID, Boi-Jeneh Jalloh said the Guinea Mission’s visit was to familiarize the Mission with current trend and to explore possible areas of assistance.
She noted the challenges faced in the health sector and commended the ministry for the progress made in promoting maternal and child health and nutrition in the country, adding that they have been working with several partners: Irish Aid, Concern Worldwide, the Ministry and other key health development partners to articulate progress in the country’s health care delivery system.
Responding, Health and Sanitation Minister, Miatta Kargbo, emphasized government’s commitment to providing quality, accessible and affordable health care services for its citizens and people living in Sierra Leone, and reaffirmed her determination of ensuring a resourceful partnership with health development partners to achieve the ministry’s desired goal.
She spoke of plans to restructure the ministry for positive development, capacity building to address the brain drain through appropriate systems strengthening, and training opportunities; expressing the enormous needs to improve quality services in our regional hospitals as well as the sanitation situation in the country.
Madam Miatta Kargbo also spoke of the dire need for a joint monitoring and supportive supervision with partners with a view to assessing the level of progress and challenges faced in our health facilities, and plan together towards the Agenda for Prosperity and the MDGs.
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