According to a 2019 perception survey by “SABI” almost nine in ten (88%) people from across 16 districts rated their satisfaction with health services as “highly”. The survey also revealed that 21% of people visit government services, while 22% visit private services, and 23% visit traditional healers. The data presented by Restless Development was based on opinion, experience, and perception of 28,647 people including citizens, health care professionals, and facility management committee members. More than half of the responses were from women and girls (57%), and persons with disability accounted for (21%). The survey revealed the reasons cited among one in sixteen for not visiting health centres despite being ill was affordability. Additionally, 97% of pregnant and lactating women said, they thought pregnant women should attend antenatal care. 97% of women said, the safest place to deliver a baby is at the health facility, as opposed to 3% who believed that the safest place is at a traditional birth attendant. Chief Executive Officer, Focus 1000, Alhaji Bailoh Jalloh, said, the SABI project looks at service providers and beneficiaries focusing on three areas; health, education and social protection. The “SABI” project is supported by DFID, led by Christian Aid, including Restless Development. He said, “The report is a feedback to the government in the education, health and social protection.” Assistant Program Coordinator, Restless Development, Tamba Yopoi, said they recruited and trained 122 enumerators who visited 610 communities, 16 districts and 95 wards. 32,868 people were interviewed.
By Sulaiman Karim Sesay
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