Since its inception in April 2007, and especially since its official launch in October 2008, the Coalition has registered significant achievements.
Soon after formation, we developed our advocacy campaign for the abolition of user fees. This campaign was a great success and contributed to the wider national and international efforts to secure the introduction of Free Health Care for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under five across Sierra Leone.
We built up a large network of volunteers across the country, and that gives us a presence in every chiefdom, ward and government hospital. We have developed this network through training and resources and proved to be a strong monitoring force. We instituted strong monitoring mechanisms in Government hospitals and PHUs to monitor the FHCI. As a result of our performance in this area, we have been requested by our development partners to monitor other health initiatives, including the monitoring of Rounds 4 and 5 of the National Polio Vaccination Campaign, and the 2010 Maternal and Child Health week in which bed nets, vitamin A, polio vaccines and de-worming tablets were distributed to the people of Sierra Leone.
We published our first report of the independent monitoring of the free health care initiative in October 2010. The report was launched by the His Excellency the President and was well received by development partners.
This report was followed up by our second independent monitoring report, and in April 2011, supported by Save the Children, we published our report One Year On, which marks the one year anniversary of the Free Health Care Initiative.
These reports can be downloaded from the publications section of this website.