Transaid takes first steps into Sierra Leone

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Transaid has completed an analysis in Sierra Leone to investigate how the introduction of its ‘Transport Management System’ could benefit the country and its people.

The project marks the first work ever conducted by Transaid in the country which has been devastated by an eleven year civil war, and in which 50,000 people were killed.

Ekow Fletcher, Transaid’s West Africa projects manager, said: “The most urgent requirement for assistance was from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, where decisions regarding the utilisation, maintenance and management of transport are conducted on an ad hoc basis. Its poorly maintained vehicles are also highly inefficient and a massive drain on resources.

“Our task now is to define the activities required to achieve the objectives of establishing an effective transport system, initially with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, with the target of a project commencing on the ground by the autumn.”

Transaid undertook its analysis in the western region of Sierra Leone, which includes the capital, Freetown, and the Kambia, Port Loko and Tonkolili districts.

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