Christian Health Association Sierra Leone
On Friday, July 28th, CHASL held its General Meeting at the Council of Churches Sierra Leone (CCSL) Conference Hall in Freetown. CHASL, the Christian Health Association Sierra Leone, is a Non-Governmental, not-for-profit, interdenominational health-coordinating agency, operating since 1975. It has over 43 active member health facilities spread across the country, serving deprived rural communities with scarce public health facilities. In fact, CHASL member health facilities provide 30% of the health services in Sierra Leone, making it the country’s second-largest service provider.
The purpose of the meeting was to convene the General Assembly, make important decisions regarding the Secretariat, and inform Church Leaders about past and future activities and the overall status of the Secretariat. As an agency, CHASL exists to promote Christian health services by embodying the spirit of Christian love and service to those in need, following the life, teachings, and example of our Lord Jesus Christ, through providing affordable, high-quality, and accessible healthcare services for the people of Sierra Leone.
The Christian Health Association of Sierra Leone hosted a high powered delegation from Bread for the World (BFTW) Germany at the Secretariat Hall on the 10th of January at 2pm. The team from BFTW comprised of The CEO and head of Mission-African Director Rev. Dr. Dagma Pruin, Dr. Nadya Berner and Dr Uta Bracken – Regional Head West Africa Desk. Bread for the World Germany has been a long-standing partner and major donor of CHASL.
In a meeting with the CHASL Executive Council and Secretariat staff the team warmly welcomed the delegation and did a PowerPoint presentation taking them through an overview of CHASL- vison, core mandate, spread as well as BFTW support since 2017 to date and the impact created
Statements expressing appreciation to BFTW and request to support plans moving forward especially the Drug supply unit were made by the Executive Council representative and Senior Management team of CHASL.
Discussion centered around the progress CHASL had made since 2017 during the restructuring phase of the” new CHASL”, the advocacy drives especially with the Ministry of Health which has culminated in the signing of an MOU between CHASL on behalf of its member health facilities and MOHS, monitoring and evaluation and quality assurances roles of CHASL. The delegation was generally impressed and pleased with these inroads made and the success achieved. The team was also interested to know about the Covid vaccination coverage and uptake as well as views of the populace around the Covid vaccine.
A tour of the nearby Methodist Church Community CHASL member Health facility was done looking at the operations of the model incinerator for improved waste disposal which was a project supported by BFTW.
The visit was climaxed with exchange of gifts from both parties and group photographs.
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