The Sierra Leone Citizen Hearings
Citizens Hearings were held in Sierra Leone in 12 Districts, as well as a National Level Hearing from 14th - 19th May 2015. The Hearings focused on Women's, Children's and Adolescent's Health and education, sanitation and water. Over 800 people took part including women's groups, youth groups, disabled people's organisations, Government representatives, civil society and faith groups. The Hearings were organised by Health for All Coalition, Health Alert, World Vision, Save the Children and WASHNET.
We call on Government to:
- Deepen engagement with citizens and civil society as active partners in the national and international development planning, coordination, and decision making process.
- Ensure that the Free Health Care Initiative is effectively implemented and it is maintain and sustain beyond 2015 by making sure it is included into the revised national constitution.
- Ensure the rights to safe water and improved sanitation for all is enshrined in the new constitution.
- Ensure reproductive health commodity security in government health facilities.
- Provide Scholarships for less privilege children, especially Ebola affected, make primary, Junior Secondary School Education a priority for all its citizens.
- Train more teachers, motivate them and ensure they are posted in every corners of Sierra Leone.
- Ensure teaching and learning materials are adequate and available to each and every school all over the country, build more schools, and provide furniture and adequate accommodation.
- Improved in the monitoring and supervision of school activities (school fees subsides, learning and teaching environment)
- Increase the Human Resource capacity of Health Staff (Doctors and PHU Staff), build more health facilities in remote communities and equip them.
- Maintain the Free Health Care Initiative and make it effective and sustainable, provide WASH facilities in all PHUs and hospital, improve electricity in the PHUs ( solar systems)
- Ensure adequate and timely distribution of drug and medical supplies, effective cold chain systems.
- Improve monitoring and supervision of health service delivery at district and community levels
- Ensure that commitments made to expand access to health, water and sanitation, measure and monitor programmes and activities, deliver results to the intended beneficiaries, and ensure transparent and mutual accountability, are delivered upon and progress is sustained.
- Provide and make readily available resources for capacity enabling, institutional strengthening and organizational effectiveness in the area of accountability and monitoring and evaluation.
- Implement efficient, effective, and transparent accountability mechanisms for all forms of development resources available to government and country partners.
We call on international development partners to:
- Ensure that commitments made to expand access to health, water and sanitation, deliver results to the intended beneficiaries, and ensure transparent and mutual accountability, are delivered upon and progress is sustained
- Strengthen partnership with civil society at district and national level to maintain and sustain resources to global health development and ensure development projects are aligned with national development plans.
- Involve civil society in decision making processes including programme planning, coordination and implementation at national, regional and global• levels
- Institute and formalize processes to integrate and cross collaborate with civil society representatives across various development partners.
We Civil Society resolve to:
- Reaffirm our continued engagement with government, tailor advocacy to reduce confrontation towards enhancing collaboration for results, and accountability
- Ensure that commitments made to expand access to health, water and sanitation, measure and monitor , deliver results to the intended beneficiaries, and ensure transparent and mutual accountability. are delivered upon and progress is sustained