A. Ministers of Health in many countries with low resources rightly complain that there are too many donors all doing ‘their own thing’ in countries which are not their own – and regardless of that nation’s policies.
B. On the other side, donors and partnerships find out (generally too late) that had they known about the activities of other organizations they might have used their precious resources in a better and more meaningful way by cooperating.
There are three umbrella organizations in the UK which seek to remedy both these situations for those partnering or linking with organizations in Zambia, Uganda and Sierra Leone. All emphasise the importance of A and endeavour to get at least the UK people to liaise with one another through their websites and conferences.The UK Sierra Leone Health Partners consortium is developing a website which aims to:
- Promote Sierra Leone’s priority health issues in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
- Improve coordination between organizations with an interest in health in Sierra Leone
- Enable organizations to search for useful contacts, map the health NGO landscape (both in-country and external), etc. to promote cooperation and prevent duplication.
My feeling is that this website in particular will be useful not just to UK partners and other health links but to those (not just in Sierra Leone) who are looking for a UK partner to further their own projects.
Jean Shaw, Phi