A Time to Say Thank You
For the past few days, everybody in the Sierra Leone office has been eagerly waiting for the month-end figure of the household visits. We were all anticipating if we will reach the 40,000 mark or not. With only one day to go, we were still short of around 800 visits. That was why we were all excited when a group of MFAs came to the office on the morning of January 31st to submit their Data Collection Report. Aatif entered the data then announced joyfully that the final number had reached 40,893!!!
Josephine and I had similar inspiring moments during our upcountry visit to Makeni. We made a quick tour around the city to confirm the stories from our MFAS that most houses had stickers. We were glad to find out that most houses in the major streets and some in the peripheries have them. According to our latest data, our MFAs and MFCs have covered 7,176 families in Makeni. With an average of 6 persons per family, it means that our message has reached 43,056 of the estimated 109,112* population of Makeni. This coverage is almost 40% of the total population.
Likewise, the discussion with some of our MFAs had been very positive. Here are some of their thoughts about the program:
"I wanted Sierra Leone to be malaria-free so it feels good to be an MFA. I was moved by the response of the community and I felt the need to work very hard to make this program successful." -Reverend John Baminhoma, Wesleyan Church Of Sierra Leone - Senior Pastor
"This program is going to be successful because people listen to us. They are happy to know that the Church and its leaders are not only concerned about our spiritual well-being but they care about our physical health as well." - Reverend Henry Bangura, , Wesleyan Church Of Sierra Leone Mabinkani - Pastor In Charg
To all our dear Malaria Faith Ambassadors and Malaria Faith Champions - for continually inspiring us, for your cooperation and hardwork - we are very grateful. Thank you very much...momoh, baika, tenki.