By Victoria Saffa
Founder and Chairlady of the newly established Sierra Leone Mothers Development Association (SLEMDA), Madam Theresa Sesay, has assured Sierra Leoneans that her organization will complement the government in the fight against maternal mortality in the country.
The State Registered Nurse was speaking during the official launch of SLEMDA, which has over hundred members nationwide. The ceremony, which was held at the new community hall in Portee, attracted the local Member of Parliament and a cross-section of community stakeholders.
Madam Sesay said that since the introduction of the free healthcare initiative for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under the age of five, many people, especially those in the provinces, are still not benefitting fully from the initiative. She said the spread of her members across the country would greatly assist government in the attainment of key goals of the initiative.
She revealed the group has obtained support from Sierra Leonean women in the Diaspora, and called on the government and non-governmental organizations to partner with them.
In his keynote address, Director of Sierra Leone Social Aid Volunteer (SLSAV), Alfred Jatta Dumbuya showered praises and appreciation on the new organization for taking the brave step to fight maternal mortality in the country.
“As a social aid volunteer, I will continue to work in collaboration with SLEMDA in the fight against maternal mortality rate,’’ he promised.
In his remarks, Member of Parliament of the constituency, Alimamy G. Kargbo said he was elated about the development-oriented initiative of the women in his constituency, particularly when it is geared towards the fight against maternal mortality, which was alarmingly high in Sierra Leone, especially prior to 2008 when the free healthcare initiated was launched.