Sierra Leone Red Cross Society Ends Three-Day Workshop in Freetown

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Through the BRIDGE Program with support from Finish and Icelandic Red Cross Societies, with the primary aim being finding ways to reach maximum impact at community level, whilst building on the achievements and activity plans of previous years as a basis, the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) concluded a 3 days’ workshop that started on the 17th to the 19th of May 2022 at the LACS Villa in Freetown. The workshop was organized

The training was also relevant to understand and evaluate where SLRCS and FRC are together in building, learning from and taking action in the BRIDGE program, ensuring detailed plans of actions are drawn for specific program components in health, focusing on sexual and reproductive health rights, social norms.

The workshop benefited 20 participants inclusive of SLRCS HQ staff, branch managers and FHOs from the branches where BRIDGE is operational: Bonthe, Pujehun, Moyamba, Kono, Bo, and Kenema.

During the opening, the Director of Resource Mobilizations and Communications, Yusufu Kamara said, the Bridge project has made a lot of gains and successes that is evident in communities. Clearly appreciative of the support of FRC and IceRC over the years, Yusufu added that learning is one of the key things we need to take into consideration as there are things participants will gain during the training that they never got from university and has to do with professional development.

He stated that the workshop was a way the national society would synergize and look back to line results, collaborate with different partners, developments organizations, and agencies to make more impacts in vulnerable communities. In his words, “We are already making impacts, we are no longer at an outcome stage.”

He also mentioned that BRIDGE program is an integrated program that includes climate change, which necessitates the development of the tree-planting project to complement the effort of the BRIDGE in responding to climate change. He admonished participants to reflect on findings of the baseline.

Speaking on behalf of the Finish Red Cross Society, Christian Kumlin Said, the workshop will aim at refining the focus of participants and would let them work on what they have been building on which he said is very important. In his words, I do think we’re very much on the right track as we already know what topic we want to go deeper into, we all know what’s working and what’s not, and that’s why we have brought you here. He ended by urging branch managers and field health officers to fully participate and make the most out of the workshop days.

Sessions were comprehensively facilitated by the charming Erin Law, the FRC Health Advisor based in Kenya. She kept participants actively engaged in group works, capturing impacts and innovation stories in the various communities. Discussions were held on reporting techniques on success stories to capture activities, improvement on the area of disability (Kind of Impairment), anonymize on personal or sensitive data safety for community people. This was followed by an exclusive presentation by Santigie Kargbo the national President of the Sierra Leone Union for Disability which is an umbrella body to handle all disability issues. Santigie pointed out constraints faced by persons living with disability and what the national society could do to improve in catering for PWD especially in equity.

The training climaxed on a high note as all necessary elements of cross cutting issues were discussed and incorporated for future activity implementations and interactions with communities.

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