SABI policy literacy inspired increased access to healthcare through a feeder roads construction

Roscint ward 109, bombali district, has a road linking it to more than three sections in the ward and serves as a feeder road to access school and health facilities in the ward, the community has advocated with the local authorities and government to construct a feeder road for them. During the raining season, the road is not accessible so the people will go through the magburaka high way to enter Rokonta and manokonh sections. The road is only accessible during the dry season as it is swampy and flooded during the rainy season limiting access to facility.  School pupils, pregnant women and PWDs find it challenging to use the road during the raining season as the road leads to schools and PHU.  There has been series of accidents on the road when bike riders try to access the road during the raining season.

Accessing the road during the raining season is impossible because the water floods the entire road. The only way they can access the Monokonh PHU is to go through Magburaka highway and the distance is far and very costly. So many people can’t afford the transportation fee leading to poor ANC and school attendance. According to the Ward Development Committee chairlady Mrs. Aminata Bangura, they have had numerous meeting to discuss the issue, mobilized resources on the last meeting to construct a feeder road but the amount they raised was too small to even buy the required bags of cement. As a result of that, they end up using the money to buy stones, sticks to construct the road during the dry season last year. But when rain started the water wiped away everything making the road impassable.

SABI intervention such as power mapping, agreed action plans and policy literacy sessions provided councillor Ibrahim Turay the desired motivation and learning to mobilise his people to help address the road issue. They set up a seven-man committee that took the lead in the process of solving the problem. The seven-man committee including the councillor worked with others in the community to gather local resources. Groups of young people and women in the community volunteered to transfer sand from the river, gathering of stones and other local materials to start the construction of the road. After getting all these materials, the councillor engaged and updated the District Council on progress made to start the road construction. Councillor Osman said “SABI engagements has increase knowledge among community members who are now able to engage with their duty bearers to develop their communities”.

The ward councillor was able to convince the District Council and the road was included in the feeder roads project for the district. Already, culverts have been constructed at the spots of the flooding and the water has been controlled which give access to community members even during the rains.

After councilor reported on the current status of the problem, District Council responded positively. In March ending, District Council embarked on feeder roads construction/maintenance in some wards across Bombali district and the road in ward 109 was part of the roads to be constructed. Presently the feeder road has been constructed. Engagements with SABI triggered the people to take up the venture themselves to start with the resources mobilizations instead of waiting for government intervention.

With the intervention of SABI and with various strategies during implementation, communities are now able to lead and take ownership of development actions in their ward.