November 26, 2018
By Ibrahim Tarawallie
SEND Sierra Leone has brought together service providers and users in the Western Rural District to discuss issues around health, education and social protection.
The Service Summit at the district council hall in waterloo created a platform for participants to jointly map out action points to address gaps and recommendations in a survey conducted by Restless Development.
According to SEND Project Support Officer, Mariama Jalloh, the Citizen’s Perception Survey was carried out under the SABI project, which they are implementing in the eastern region and western area rural and urban respectively.
SABI is a four year citizen-led accountability programme being delivered by a consortium of leading international and Sierra Leonean partners, including Christian Aid with funds provided by UK aid.
The programme is being implemented through partnership with civil society organisations operating at national ad district level with SEND being one of them.
Ms. Jalloh stated that the summit was designed to ensure interaction among service providers and users to showcase the data collected from citizens experience in using services in the health, education and social protection sectors.
“We are also using the summit for service providers and users to dialogue on issues identify during the data collection and find ways as to how it can be improved.”
Mary Kpukumu from Restless Development disclosed that the survey was done between June and July this year, targeting pregnant women, lactating mothers, household heads, head teachers, disables and pupils from six hundred and ten communities (610) countrywide.
She explained that questions were centred, among others, on the delivery of health, education and social protection services.
Results from the survey indicated that there are still problems associated with the delivery of health, education and social protection services in the districts. Majority of those interviewed during the survey said the Cash Transfer system for people with disabilities in the district is none-existence.
On behalf of the district council, Council Santigie Sesay of Ward 382, commended SEND for the organising the summit for service providers and users.
“We have learnt a lot here. I want to encourage all of us to be honest and sincere enough to contribute to the development of Sierra Leone,” he said and urged people to pay their local tax to ensure funds are available to embark on development projects.
Supervisor of Schools in Waterloo, Alex Koroma was also full of praised for the SABI project being implemented by SEND as they have help in monitoring the activities of schools.
Representing the Sierra Leone Union on Disability Issues (SLUDI), Moses Fayia Boima, urged the government to ensure that schools are disabled friendly ith all the learning materials available.
Christian Aid Senior Program Officer, Jalikatu Cotay Jalloh said: “Our aim at Christian Aid s to end poverty. Poverty is with us because of the failure to set up structures in communities. With the SABI project, we are raising awareness to our community people about development.”