November 18, 2015 By Regina Pratt
The new World Bank Manager for Sierra Leone last Friday, 14 November, said the sum of US$126 million has been provided to strengthen the health sector in Sierra Leone as part of its post-Ebola recovery.
Speaking at the bank’s country office on Howe Street in Freetown, Mr. Parmindar Brar, said the funds would be handled by the government mainly for capacity building and to help provide for a decentralised healthcare delivery system.
“There is much remains to be done,” said Mr. Brar, as he outlined areas that need intervention and proper oversight in procurement in the health sector, including an additional US$55 million to help in the post-Ebola emergency response programmes.
Mr. Brar spoke about many projects the Bank is currently engaged in as support to the government and people of Sierra Leone, whom he praised for their resilience during the Ebola crisis.
The new World Bank Country Manager reckoned there were a couple of challenges facing the country, from implementation of programmes and projects to procurement processes, adding that the World Bank has recruited a procurement officer who will help the country sort out most of the challenges in that area.
He further disclosed that US$40 million has been set aside to help agribusiness in Sierra Leone.
“We are calling for proposals from the private sector to source funding from this amount,” he stressed, noting that the remainder would go towards the maintenance of feeder roads, agricultural productivity issues, and the procuring of quality seeds for farmers.