SABI processes inspired action that brings health facility to the people

Thunder Hill community in ward 411, Western Urban district, is among the four SABI operational wards in the Western Urban District. The ward is made up of five different communities with a population of 21,234; including Brima Town, Bondo Water, Masonni, Upper Thunder Hill, and Abour.

People in these catchments have suffered the ailment of certain diseases like Malaria due to unclean environment.

Thunder Hill community lacks an equipped health facility to provide healthcare service to the people. People must travel about 4miles to access health facilities in other wards and big hospitals. This constrain come with heavy transportation costs to the people, including pregnant women, lactating mother, under five, persons living with disability.

Most people did not understand the proper use of bed nets and resort to traditional means in dealing with Malaria, this led to a decrease in clinic attendance considerably. This was confirmed by the findings of the citizens perception survey presented to community by SABI in 2019.

Using the Accountable Governance Pathways as tool, SABI supported Thunder Hill community to develop an action plan which initiated a mapping process based on the respective influence of stakeholders and service providers. The Youth Accountability Volunteers guided the process to ensure that the action plan was realistic. A committee was set up to run the affairs of the action plan.

The committee met the District Health Management Team (DHMT) and presented their health concerns, noting that it may take some time to construct a functional health facility to improve the health condition of their people, but at the end they agreed on some immediate actions that could be taken to solve the problem, including; sensitizing the Thunder Hill community about the use of bed nets and the DHMT to conduct frequent outreach services to Thunder Hill community.

The Youth Accountability Volunteers teamed up with the DHMT and action plan committee and conducted a 3 days sensitization tour at Thunder Hill Community on the need and proper use of bed nets, this led to an increased knowledge on the use of bed nets, and laid the foundation for outreach interventions by the DHMT in Thunder Hill community.

The DHMT conducted the Maternal Health Week Campaign (THE MOTHER AND CHILD HEALTH WEEK). During this week-long campaign, the DHMT distributed seven thousand three hundred and thirty (7,330) bed nets, including the distribution of the Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs).

These activities helped to rebuild citizens trust in health services, Although Thunder Hill Community do not have a health facility, the DHMT now brings the facility to them through outreach. Every month an outreach activity is conducted to reach people in Thunder Hill Community. This has also increased the usage of bed nets.

The role of SABI in brining people together to discuss and find solution to their problems instigated actions that brought the health facility to the people.