The ministry of Health and Sanitation has launched the strengthening district health services project funded by the government of Sierra Leone and a grant from the African Development Bank.
The grant is meant for Bonthe, Bo, Kenema, Port Loko and Tonkolili, aimed at providing improved access to quality essential health care and to enhance the institutional capacity of the Health and Sanitation ministry.
The entire project cost a total of 18.9million units of accounts or 86.3billion Leones of which 77.6 billion will be financed by a grant from the African Development Bank and 8.6billion Leones to be provided by the Government of Sierra Leone.
The project is expected to be executed by the ministry with the support of UNFPA and it will provide rehabilitation works, equipment, essential pharmaceuticals and related technical assistance to improve the quality of district maternity wards and primary healthcare facilities.
Speaking at the launching the ADB country representative, Margaret Kilo, said the project would be of great help to mothers and children.
The director of management services at UNFPA Subhash K.Gupta, said it would be a great milestone in the government’s commitment to deliver services and improve access to health care.
He stated that UNFPA was ready to be associated with the project and stood ready to work with the government to address the challenges of implementing this initiative.