The head of Save the Children Sierra Leone, Mr. Tibebe Debebe Demissie, has appealed to all Sierra Leoneans and other important stakeholders to double their efforts in the fight against infant and maternal mortality and morbidity rate in the country.
Mr. Demissie made this request at the launching ceremony of the Newborn and Child Survival/Everyone Global Campaign in Freetown on Tuesday 26th July 2011.
The ceremony attracted many important personalities from the civil society, government, members of the international community, musicians, women, as well as children.
Demissie disclosed that the campaign was meant to encourage everyone to support the efforts of the Government of Sierra Leone to reduce maternal and infant mortality rate in the country in line with the Millennium Development Goal 4 and 5 by 2015. He said the vision of Save The Children is that, through partnership, the Everyone Campaign will ensure that no child under age five dies from preventable causes.
He affirmed that Save the Children was committed to women and children’s wellbeing in Sierra Leone.
Everyone Campaign Officer, Joana Tom-Kargbo said the campaign was to expand Newborn and Child Survival Health Programme to reach 173,000 children below the ages of five and 81,000 mothers by 2015. She revealed that the campaign will give adequate information to women and children on the Free Health Care services in the country. She informed that it will also make government accountable to allocate 15% budget to Free Health Care facility in Sierra Leone. She noted that it will also give access to beneficiaries to be treated by well trained health personnel.
Madam Tom-Kargbo assured that the campaign will urge developed countries to give more supports to the Government of Sierra Leone.
During a procession that precedes the ceremony, a pregnant woman Kadiatu Turay told the Awareness Times that it was high time for other partners to come onboard and help the government to implement the Free Health Care scheme. Kadiatu expressed her frustration over the recent thefts of Free Health Care drugs.
A lactating mother, Aminata Bockarie, who was also part of the march pass, disclosed that there has been reduction in the rate of maternal mortality in the country following the introduction of the free health care scheme.
The need for robust monitoring of the implementation of the free health care scheme cannot be overemphasized, she said.
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