Winners of the 2011 PHU/MDG Awards

SEND-SIERRA LEONE with funding from the European Union (EU) and Christian Aid-UK established the Health Sector Governance project to promote accountability, transparency and equity in the delivering of health services by District Health Management Team (DHMT) and 76 Peripheral Health Units (PHUs) in the Kailahun District.

SEND staff working with the DHMT developed 103 Good Governance Indicators (GGI) which they used to assess the delivery of the Basic Package of Essential Health Care services (BPEHS) by the PHUs and the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) policy framework to attain the health sector Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

As contained in the detailed report, the GGI is an effective tool for mobilizing and sensitizing communities to demand the basic essential health care services and  to  hold the PHUs accountable for meeting the MDGs. SEND Sierra Leone is therefore keen to collaborate with other health focused agencies  to adopt  the GGI  in their programs to increase community’s capacity to demand accountability and transparency of the DHMTs and PHUs.
Pendembu Community Health Centre (CHC), Levuma Community Health Post (CHP), and Siama Maternal and Child Health Post (MCHP) won the 2011 MDG Award. These Peripheral Health Units (PHUs) won the awards because they had the highest scores; however, none of the best performing PHUs is in complete compliance with the standards of services delivery stipulated by the BPEHS in 2010. Key areas of weak compliance include: human resources, physical infrastructure, drugs, logistics, record keeping and maintenance.
District Council (DC), the DHMT and its partners in the health sector need to increase technical, management, and financial support to PHUs with utmost urgency. Reduction of under-five mortality, improvement in maternal health, and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other infectious diseases (MDGs 4 to 6) are the primary targets of the health sector development plan of the GoSL.
Maternal and under-five mortality rates in Sierra Leone are among the highest in Africa and are even worse in Kailahun District.

Source: ISD (Priscilla Osei)

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