Mary Robinson, President, Realizing Rights, Rosann Wisman, Director, Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health (MLI), Michelle Bologna, Associate Director, Women Leaders Intercultural Forum (WLIF), Realizing Rights, and Jennifer Magalong, Program Associate, Realizing Rights/MLI, traveled to Sierra Leone from 27-30 July 2010. The team traveled to Freetown, where they visited health facilities and met with government officials and representatives from the NGO community to discuss maternal and reproductive health and family planning.
The objectives of this visit were to:
• Advance a holistic and human rights based approach to addressing maternal health
• Recognize the progress that Sierra Leone has made in establishing free health care to address maternal mortality
• Give visibility to continuing challenges and priorities in addressing maternal mortality and expanding access to reproductive health care and family planning
• Recognize the collaboration that Realizing Rights, through the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health (MLI), has with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation
• Recognize the work of Concern Worldwide in Sierra Leone, particularly related to Gender-Based Violence
This visit was co-sponsored by the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health (MLI), a program of Realizing Rights and Aspen Global Health and Development, Concern Worldwide, and the Embassy of Ireland in Sierra Leone.