A Non Governmental organization the Sierra Leone Integrated Poverty Alleviation Agency (SLIPA) in collaboration with UNICEF Sierra Leone and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation are implementing integrated child survival and development program in five selected chiefdoms in the Kono district east of the country with the aim of reducing infant and maternal and mortality rates in the country.
In an interview with the press at his Blama Road office in Kenema city, the Executive Director for SLIPA Alfred Kabba Swaray disclosed that SLIPA was established on the 16th September 2008 in Koidu in the Kono district to help address the infant and maternal mortality rates that was wrecking havoc in the country after the civil war. He said they have many development initiatives on their desk among which is to help reduce infant and maternal mortality rate in their operational areas.
He disclosed that they have selected five chiefdoms in Kono district to implement the program. Among the communities selected are Kamara, Lei, Gorama, Gbane Kandor and Tankoro all in the Kono district noting that their representative recently attended a training of trainers workshop that was held in Makeni city on infant and child mortality rates. He maintained that the program is being sponsored by UNICEF Sierra Leone and that the organization was also involved in agricultural activities in the selected chiefdoms in the district, and that the program started in August 2008 and ends on 31st July 2009. Mr. Swaray also disclosed that the project started with the sensitization on integrated child survival at household and community levels, breastfeeding, hand washing with soap and the use of oral hydro salt (ORS) among others. The SLIPA Director further stated that during their project implementation in those communities they were able to achieve the objectives of the project by training women groups including the training of women on leadership skills and child survival. Mr. Swaray appealed to the international organization to support SLIPA agency so that they too will be able to contribute more to the development and progress of Sierra Leone as they cannot achieve their goal without support