World Vision-Sierra Leone a leading American based Christian non-governmental organization that works towards the improvement and promotion of health care delivery and education in impoverished communities of developing countries on Wednesday, 29th September 2010 donated 75 cartons of Albendazole a de-worming treatment for children to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation at the Medical Stores at New England Ville in Freetown.
The handing over of the donated items was witnessed by the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Mohamed Dadis Koroma, Medical Doctors and a host of dignitaries of the health sector.
World Vision-Sierra Leone’s National Director, Jennifer Harold in her brief statement recounted ‘the exemplary works’ of World Vision in supporting the health and educational sectors as a way of complementing the efforts of government. She stressed World Vision’s commitment and determination to support health care delivery, education and protection of children and the improvement of their welfare through their Area Development Programme.
According to Madam Harold, World Vision operates one core value referred to as ‘A Gift in Kind’. She said it is one that World Vision models its operations which by extension commits it to provide materials and resources to support government programmes as a complement to its efforts and a way of further strengthening transformational development initiatives in Ministries whose activities are in line with its mission.
She disclosed that World Vision-Sierra Leone has received several consignments drugs comprising Oral Rehydration Salt, amoxicillin syrups and capsules, prenatal multivitamins, acetaminophen caps, examination gloves, ultra guard creams, multivitamin tabs, tetracycline eye ointment, metronidazole, albendazole, bacitracin ointment, paracetamol, antiseptic, baby johnson washing soap and powder, latex badges, rolaids and many others.
“We are donating 1.5m dose of Albendazole treatment of 75 cartons for children in Sierra Leone to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation with the hope of de-worming thousands of children thereby reducing the high rate of worms among children living in poor communities,” she said as she hands over the consignment to Deputy Minister Koroma.
In appreciation of the donation, Deputy Minister Mohamed Koroma expressed gratitude to World Vision-Sierra Leone for “the timely donation of such a much needed assistance that will go a long way in improving accessibility of much needed treatments for patients around the country,” Minister Koroma said, adding, “World Vision is one of the leading organizations in the country that is complementing government’s efforts to improve the livelihood of the people by supporting health and education for the people living in extreme poverty,” the Minister admitted.
He assured World Vision that the donated items will be used for its intended purpose to help the sick and needy adding that “we are also looking for future assistance in supporting the Government Free Health Care initiative.”
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