I have been working as a nutritionist for 5 years and as a programme manager within the Ministry of Health and Sanitation for a little over a year. I am the National Nutrition Programme Manager – in charge of nutrition policies and the planning, coordinating, monitoring and supervision of all nutritional activities in Sierra Leone. I manage 15 Nutritionists, 13 nutrition focal points and other support staff.
Sierra Leone is a small country with about 5.5 million people, of which 17.7% are children under 5 and 4% are pregnant women or lactating mothers. Our recent SMART survey revealed the following results for chidren aged from 6 to 59 months:
We lack human and logistical support and staff have little dedication due to poor salaries.
Working with international NGOs such as ACF helps to bridge the gap and also helps in the areas of training and logistics.
My love for my country and the contribution I make towards the improvement of the nutritional status of the country.