EU donates Le 140 billion to help Sierra Leone attain Millennium Development Goals (08/02/2012)
The European Union, through its Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Initiative has made an extraordinary contribution of 24.2 million EUR (Le 140 billion) to boost Sierra Leone's effort to attain Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, (reduced child mortality and improve maternal health respectively).
The EU-MDG initiative was announced by European Commission President Barroso at the United Nations MDG Summit in September 2010. One billion euros of unallocated funds from the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) will be allocated for initiatives that will support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
On request of the European Commission, Sierra Leone submitted a concept note, which focused on accelerating progress towards attaining MDGs 4 & 5. This concept note was the result of an intensive policy dialogue between the Government of Sierra Leone, the EU Delegation in Freetown and key stakeholders in the health sector.
The proposed approach concentrates simultaneously on MDG specific objectives, complemented by institutional strengthening, and provides potential for broad nationwide impact and longer term sustainability. It targets key systemic gaps in the health sector and aims to reverse structural challenges and bottlenecks that impede progress. This initiative will further underpin national and sector policies (Agenda for Change – National Health Sector Strategic Plan – Free Health Care Initiative).
"As the selection process took place on a competitive basis I would like to congratulate the Government of Sierra Leone and all stakeholders involved with the quality of the submission and the final result", said Jean-Pierre Reymondet-Commoy head of the European Union Delegation to Sierra Leone.