The European Union is committed to helping Sierra Leone attain the Millennium Development Goals Four and Five (17/12/2012)
On 28 November, the European Union and the Sierra Leone Government signed a financing agreement worth 24.2 million EUR, approximately Le 140 billion, in support of the country's efforts to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.
"The European Union is committed to improving the health status of children and pregnant/lactating women and to increasing the capacity of the Government and community institutions to deliver quality and sustainable health services in the whole of Sierra Leone", said Jean-Pierre Reymondet-Commoy, Head of the European Union Delegation to Sierra Leone.
The project aims to improve the health of children and pregnant/lactating women by strengthening the overall health sector governance and increasing the capacity of Government and community institutions to deliver quality health services. EU funding will be used –amongst other things – to bridge gaps in drug and medical supplies, provide medical equipment and basic rehabilitation of health facilities and train medical staff.
The support is part of the global EU MDG initiative, announced at the United Nations MDG Summit in September 2010 by Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission: one billion EUR will be allocated worldwide to initiatives in support of achieving the Millennium Development Goals.