The United Nations Population Fund in Partnership with the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs has concluded a refresher training programme for community wellness advocates in Kailahun and Kono districts.
The refresher training is to capacitate the advocates to start their community outreach programmes on sexual reproductive health, Ebola response and maternal health issues.
The Gender and Reproductive Health Manger of the United Nations Population Fund Agnes Bengali, who took the advocates through the significance of referrals to hospitals, stated that they should continue to refer pregnant women especially for institutional deliver.
Madam Bengali disclosed that the advocates should always work with the ministry of social welfare in the two districts for proper record keeping. She added that family planning, maternal health, gender based violence and malaria should be their major topics during their campaigns.
Eastern Regional Director of ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs Jeneba Koroma said the community wellness advocates were trained to championed issues affecting women and young girls in their communities.
The Kailahun district health sister Jatu Selieu, engaged participants on the relevance of maternal health and institutional delivery noting that they should now be embarking on their usually outreach programmes in communities.
The training and advocacy officer in the ministry of social welfare gender and children’s affair’s Ibrahim Kamara also reminded the women about various policies, that the ministry has developed to protect women and young girls in their localities.