The United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF Representative Mahimbo Mdoe donated equipment and furniture to the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) yesterday at the conference room of the National Malaria Control Program, New England.
The CCM country representative Mr. Dominic Lamin thanked UNICEF for all they have done over the years to run the Secretariat.
In his short synopsis, he said when they started with TB, there was no established and functional Secretariat. Sierra Leone Red Cross provided personnel to carry our Secretariat services with some members of the UN family notably UNICEF, WHO and UNAIDS provided stationery and other logistical support.
“With the advent of HIV, the landscape as it were changed a bit with Red Cross and UNICEF sharing the running costs of the Secretariat which was more or less an off shoot of the Sierra Leone Red Cross”.
Mr. Lamin said during their operations, they experienced shortfall of funds from the donors and later they got funding again from Global Fund which was about US$50,000 for activities prescribed by the Global Fund.
“This year we may get more if we present a performance based proposal budget”, he said.
The CCM Director said the gesture by UNICEF is a clarion call on all partners to remember their normal pledges during their meeting at DfID in October last year.
In his statement, the UNICEF boss Mahimbo Mdoe said UNICEF is happy to support and strengthen the capacity of the CCM Secretariat and indirectly contributing to the performance of the implementation of the Global Fund.
He said the Global Fund is crucial to Sierra Leone, especially with regards to the fight against Malaria and HIV/AIDS which is seriously affecting the healthy development of Sierra Leone’s vulnerable groups especially children and women.
He said UNICEF has always been pivotal in the fight against malaria and HIV/AIDS in the country. “Through our Child Survival and Development Programme, we have ensured that pregnant women and nursing mothers receive insecticide treated bed nets”. He said they have also collaborated with sister UN agencies such as WHO, UNFPA and UNAIDS, NAS in HIV/AIDS education, prevention and treatment for especially mothers and children through prevention of mothers-to-child transmission, pediatric HIV care, prevention of HIV in young people and pediatric care and support to orphans and vulnerable children.
Handing over the focus projector, he challenged CCM to project positive outcomes on the health status for women and children and other vulnerable groups as we race up to 2015 MDG target.