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Sierra Leone up for peer review

By Mohamed Bangura (Intern)

Sierra Leone is one of many countries on the continent, including Niger and Mali to be reviewed by the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).

Deputy Minister of Political and Public Affairs, Amara Kallon disclosed that a team from APRM is currently in Freetown to start the process of reviewing the Health Governance and Covid-19 response in Sierra Leone.

He was speaking on Thursday November 19, 2020 during the weekly presser hosted by the Ministry of Information and Communications.

The APRM is an instrument used to make sure that African countries peer-review themselves, as well as understanding what other African countries are doing. African member states voluntarily acceded to it with the mandate to promote and facilitate self-monitoring on the basis of democratic governance, fiscal management, corporate governance and socio-economic.

Minister Kallon stated that the objective of the field mission is to identify key issues in the country’s health governance and Covid-19 Response as a way of strengthening the local health system.

He said the review will provide the opportunity for Sierra Leoneans to know about the country’s health infrastructure and make recommendations as to how it can be improved upon for effective operation.

“The report of this review will speak to issues under the health sector of Sierra Leone and we know how many best practices we have as a nation,” the minister said.

According to him, the country’s technocrats will have the opportunity to go to other countries and be able to work and sell the image of Sierra Leone.

He added: “If we peer-review ourselves, other African countries will copy from us and improve on their own governance systems.”

The Deputy Political and Public Affairs Minister noted that the recommendations from the review will be transformed into a national plan of action document, which will serve as a blue-print for the development of the health sector.

“The recommendations from the review which will be transformed into a National plan of action will attract a lot of investment from international bodies because it will have the credence of the African Union, authority of Presidents of participatory States in Africa,” he noted.

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