National Advocacy on Healthcare Service

Summary

Advocacy on Healthcare Service for Rural Pregnant Women, Lactating Mothers

This project is geared toward national advocacy on healthcare services for rural pregnant women, lactating mothers and victims of teenage pregnancy in six communities in Freetown Western Area of Sierra Leone, three chiefdoms in the Koinadugu district in the Northern province of Sierra Leone, three chiefdoms in Pujehun south of Sierra Leone and four chiefdoms in the Kailahun district Eastern Province of Sierra Leone.

Goals

  • Four Staff recruited to carry out the project implementati
  • Carry out three baseline surveys
  • Conduct the training of trainers
  • Two hundred TBAs trained on women reproductive rights
  • Health

Background

Sierra Leone is a post war country with many problems and these problems surfaced immediately when the war came to an end in 2002. Among the many problems, what remains most challenging is the high rate of maternal and infant mortality and untimely death of women during delivery. In order to mitigate or combat this menacing situation, the government over the years has implemented health care programmers to address this worrisome problem. Yet, despite the many strides taken by the government, it still remains to be a cause for concern. Much has been done and more is needed to be done. In order to complement the government in addressing this menace, our organization (NMDHR) engages itself in National Advocacy on Health Care Services for Rural Pregnant, Lactating Mothers and Victims of Teenage Pregnancy. The targeted areas were mainly the rural areas where the vulnerable were easily identified. Our organization being a development oriented organization was able to identify the social problems of rural women and extensive measures have been taken to improve the situation. There was a very good power relation between the people and the organization and this relationship made is easier for the implementation of this project as improvement is gradually unfolding.

Initial situation

Currently we are planning to train TBAs on women reproductive rights in three project locations starting from the 23-24 May 2012.That is Kabala in the Koinadugu district Northern Province of Sierra Leone, Pujehun in the Souther Province and Kailahun district in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone respective. The anticipated terget group is Traditional Birh Attendants(TBAs). A total of 100 TBAs will be trained on reproductive health rights of rural pregant women and lactation mothers. These trainings are organized in concert with Mary Stopes (one of our key strategic implementing partners) and district medical officers(MDOs)in each of our operational districts across the country. Already NMDHR has signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) with community radio stations in each of the three project locations to air out our jingles on health care services for five months and we have also signed a MoU with Marie Stopes to facilitate all the trainings that this project has for this one year.

Goals

This project aim at advocating for better health care services for lactating mothers, pregnant women and victims of early marriage and teenage pregnancy. The projects also aim at strengthening national legislatures (local laws) that promote women reproductive rights and healthcare in Sierra Leone and the improvement in the monitoring and accountability mechanisms of the Free Healthcare Policy in Sierra Leone.
1. Recruitment of Project staff
2. Base line surveys
3. Building coalitions and networks

Target group:
The project aims at training two hundred (200) traditional birth attendance, fifty (50) healthcare workers, and eighty (80) free healthcare monitors on mechanisms on effective monitoring and reporting on the free healthcare Policy in Sierra Leone. The project will focus on various actors and stakeholders who will work assiduously to bring a change on the health and welfare of rural pregnant women, lactating mothers and victims of teenage pregnancy.

Goals

  • Four Staff recruited to carry out the project implementati
  • Carry out three baseline surveys
  • Conduct the training of trainers
  • Two hundred TBAs trained on women reproductive rights
  • Health

Project plan

Staff has been Recruited, Training materials and IEC materials Developed, jingles have been developed for Community Radio in the three projects. Location, posters have been developed and translated into the local languages.

Sustainability

This project strategically forcuses on working with relevant stakeholders in all our operational areas especially district medical officers and other related healthcare workers from Civil Society organizations. We have formed strategic partnership with key stakeholders and implmenting partners among which you have Mary Stopes, Christian Brothers and the Association of Nurses in Sierra Leone.

Against that backgroung NMDHR is sure that the whole process will be owned by the community people specially rural communities at the end of this project. Also,we are working closely with the district councils in each of our operational areas and get them involved in the implementation of the project.
So our sustainabilty strategy is geared towards involving all stakeholders in the project and helping them to own the process. With this we are sure the project activities will continue.

Finally,the knowledge gained from the training and the strategic partnership with Mary Stopes will help the project moving for a number of years even if funds dry out.

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