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SLADEA ends sub-regional confab

SLADEA ends sub-regional confab

A three-day sub-regional consultative conference organized by Sierra Leone Adult Education Association (SLADEA) ended yesterday at the Hill Valley Hotel in Freetown.

The objective of the consultative conference, which attracted MORE THAN 150 participants from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, was to share their experience in the Ebola fight and to initiate positive ideas on health related issues in the event of any possible recurrence in the sub-region.

In his statement at the official opening of the conference on Tuesday 2nd February, 2016, the Acting Secretary General of SLADEA, Mr. Bamikeh Williams, said following the sad experience of the devastating effect of the Ebola epidemic on the healthcare system of the country, they deemed it fit as an institution promoting adult education to dialogue on shrewd initiatives that will positively enhance health related issues in the sub-region.

He noted that with support from German DIFAM through funds from the German Government, they created the open space forum to give the opportunity to participants to discuss about the devastating effect of the Ebola outbreak and the post-Ebola recovery in the area of health related issues.

Mr. Bamikeh Williams asserted that in the case of any further possible outbreak of Ebola or any other dangerous disease in the sub-region, international health partners will respond to the situation.

The consultative conference was more or less bordered on health related issues and one of the facilitators was Mr. Tejan Lamboi, a Sierra Leonean based in Germany.

As facilitator for Open Space in Sierra Leone, Mr. Tejan Lamboi gave the background of the organization that it was established twenty years ago and exists in the five continents.

The facilitator said Open Space gives the opportunity to Sierra Leoneans from various walks of life to bring positive ideas, dialogues and recommendations on health related issues, as well as share their experience in the Ebola fight in the sub-region in particular.

He commended DIFAM and SLADEA for their positive initiative to ensure their goals are achieved at the end of the conference.

Mr. Tejan Lamboi described the conference as first of its kind, noting that plans are underway for similar event to be organized in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea that were the hardest hot during the Ebola outbreak.

A Health Development Consultant and Teaching Assessment Research Expert from Germany, Ms. Ute Papkalla, said in her statement that they are ready and willing to ensure the open space becomes a success story in Sierra Leone.

She commended SLADEA through Open Space for bringing onboard more than 150 participants from the sub-region to dialogue on the Ebola fight and health related issues.

By Raymond Bai Kamara

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