Freetown, Dec. 14, 2015 (MOHS) – Twenty-one Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) operating on health issues have signed the Service Level Agreement (SLA) after successfully complying to the Ministry’s criteria on operations at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation Conference Hall at Youyi Building in Freetown.
The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brima Kargbo described the Service Level Agreement as a catalyst that aimed coordinating the health sector to avoid duplication of resources and efforts.
He reiterated that the signing is not to police organizations but to put in place structures to control the more than 500 NGOs claiming they are doing health related work adding that the essence of health partners supporting the Ministry of Health and Sanitation is for them to improve the health outcomes of the people of Sierra Leone.
Presenting the Service Level Agreement Update, the Principal Donor/NGO Officer and Senior Programme Manager Service Level Agreement, Yayah Conteh, disclosed that a total of 70 SLA request was received, and 36 approved by the Ministry’s Top Management Team.
The common issues during the review process, he noted was the project input column where resources needed for implementation, are to be listed and quantified. This he said, was often not filled by implementing partners, pointing out that most Implementing Partners used it as an extension of the activities column by narrating project activities rather than quantifying and listing the inputs.