NEWS STORY – SABI Strengthens Partnership with The Ministry of Health and Sanitation

SABI Partnership Meeting with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation

Partnership is one of the core values that shapes the strategic direction of SABI, and a vital output, that contributes immensely to the achievement of our overall goal. We have used innovative and inclusive methods, to periodically engage partners at community, district and national levels, to create an environment of learning, building relationships and expand on our networks in Sierra Leone.

To further strengthen partnership with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, SABI has conducted a strategic meeting with the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Amara Jambai, on the 20th of February 2019, at 4th Floor Youyi Building, CMO’s Office, in Freetown.

Key Highlight

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation has agreed to strategically partner with SABI to help improve healthcare using evidence of citizens perception generated by SABI.

SABI Partnership Meeting with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation

In Attendance

The meeting was attended by Christian Aid and Focus1000, including; Jeanne Kamara (Country Manager – Christian Aid), Amanda Bangura (SABI Team Leader), Prince Kenneh (SABI Communication and Learning Officer), Mohammad B. Jalloh (CEO Focus 1000), Dr. Samuel A. Pratt (Director of Programmes – Focus 1000), Saad Barrie (SABI Programme Manager – Focus 1000) and Michael Bangalie (Photography & Infographics – Focus 1000).

 

Key Statements

“Partnership at national level will create a high level and influential platform where key decisions and policies will be informed, based on the evidence generated by SABI” –  Mohammad B. Jalloh – CEO Focus 1000

 

“Christian Aid takes SABI very seriously because a lot of the issues/challenges revolves around governance. We deal with health and education but at the end of the day, we have to structurally address issues, and that is what SABI is trying to achieve” – Jeanne Kamara – Country Manager – Christian Aid

 

“We are not looking to perpetuate this idea of blaming, finger pointing or witch hunting, but rather focus on the structural challenges that exist in service delivery. We are working alongside citizens to help them engage with those structures and find resolutions to the challenges. SABI generate evidence of citizens perception in service delivery, and share them with partners, to facilitate a way of discussing the challenges faced at all levels. The national service summit was a highly responsive platform, linking citizens and stakeholders, where evidence was discussed, and solutions identified going forward. The Citizen’s Perception Data can be disaggregated by gender, age, disability status, location etc..we can easily tell what citizens are saying from these different groups” – Amanda Bangura – SABI Team Leader 

 

Chief Medical Officer, MoHS, Dr. Amara Jambai

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Amara Jambai, congratulated SABI for taking such a bold step to scan the experience of citizens in service delivery. He discussed the possibility of how this live data-set will inform planning and decisions at national level, and recognized focus 1000 as a strategic partner, that will help translate that data, so that it becomes a national resource document, that will be shared across the board.

He said;

“To me SABI is a good project, that will change the lives of our people. The evidence of citizens perception that is been gathered will inform our work as health workers, and create a good relationship between service providers and the people”.

He confirms that citizens’ perception matters to the ministry because negative perception about services can lead to fall in service utilization. Data is only useful when it leads to improvement in outcome for service users. National data collection and data triangulation presents a bigger and truer picture of the service delivery situation across the country.

“Therefore, the opinions of people are very important for us to know the driving force behind health behaviors in communities. At the end of the day, if everything is good about you, it means something is wrong somewhere, that is why I believe that the SABI Citizens Perception Survey will add value to whatever we do”.

He added that we need to take the requisite action so that data will bring about desired change. If we don’t bring about change over time, then we are part of the problem. SABI will also have the opportunity to share this data at our Health Sector Steering Group (HSSG) meetings. Partners at that level will be very interested and will possibly take action that will be required to bring about change.

“I look forward to that moment because we can easily take this data and run with it”.

Photo Gallery of Event

SABI Partnership Meeting with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation

 

SABI Partnership Meeting with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation

 

SABI Partnership Meeting with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation