NMDHR Presents Report on Free Health Care in Kailahun - Sierraloaded News

Friday, 22 September 2017

NMDHR Presents Report on Free Health Care in Kailahun



Network Movement for Democracy and Human Rights (NMDHR) through support from Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) over the weekend launched a baseline survey report on the implementation of the Free Health Care Programme in the Luawa, Kissi Tongi, Kissi Teng, and Kissi Kama chiefdoms in Kailahun District.

The survey was conducted in a project titled: “Community monitoring for accountable and effective service delivery in the health sector.”

The findings of the report were shared with healthcare personnel, councillors, representatives of Paramount Chiefs, section chiefs and social mobilizers, World Health Organization (WHO), and Civil Society organisations.

The National Coordinator NMDHR, Abdul Karim Habib said the study was conducted in December 2016 in their four operational chiefdoms. He said one of the key project objectives is to improve the quality of public health care services.

The coordinator further said one of the components of the project is to conduct a baseline assessment survey that would help in the development of a baseline data that would give an insight into the status quo with regards the implementation of the Free Health Care Initiative (FHCI) in the project communities.

“Having pictured the situation of FHCI in the project locations, NMDHR hope to share findings with stakeholders and help identify shortfalls for measures that will lead to an improvement in the healthcare situation of the communities,” he said.

He said the specific objectives of the survey were to generate information on knowledge about access to Free Health Care, identify barriers toward accessing the scheme, suggests ways to effectively monitor the initiative, and generates statistics that could serve as a baseline to measure progress in the implementation of the initiative in operational communities.

The coordinator said the sampling consists of beneficiaries of the FHC, Traditional Births Attendants, Community Health Officers (CHOs), traditional leaders and local council authorities.
Senior Nurse in Kailahun, Sylvia Kobbie heaped praises on NMDHR for their resilience in conducting the survey.

She said the health sector is such an important sector which needed quality partners with efficient track record that would add value to the implementation of national health policies in the district.

Madam Kobbie urged NMDHR to work hard to scale up their operations in other areas in the district, as the district is made up of 14 chiefdoms, adding that the baseline report will inform policy and identify weaknesses in the implementation of the initiative.

Monitoring and Evaluation Manager of the DHMT, Morlai Kamara said the unit would work closely with monitors across the four chiefdoms to ensure that they have access to information that will give them required and appropriate result.

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