Restless Development celebrates 50 young researchers

Young people can champion implementation of development in their respective communities if the platform is provided for them. This has been tested and proven by one of the youth led organization, Restless Development, through their young researchers Malaria project in Port Loko district, north of Sierra Leone. The Regional Operations Manager north for Restless Development David Bayo, said with funds from GSK and Comic Relief they were supported to embark on a research in the high incidence chiefdoms in the district using young people to champion the research in their various communities. Bayo said the young researchers looked into what to do, where to go when someone in their community is experiencing malaria stressing that the project came with a data that have been shared with the Ministry of Health assisting them to raise awareness on Malaria. He said despite the fact that the project is coming to an end there are ongoing health related projects in that part of the country on more health work. The District Medical Officer (DMO) for Port Loko district Mamoud Idriss Kamara expressed gratitude to the young researchers for serving their communities with due diligence stating that the data from their research work will be utilized in addressing malaria in the district. The deputy chairman of Port Loko District Council Paul Idriss Kamara said the alarming pace of Malaria in their district resulted in the project development, which according to him the result will be implemented by both the District Health Management Team (DHMT) and the ministry of Health in addressing malaria in that part of the country. The Paramount Chief of Marampa Chiefdom PC Koblo Queen II said moving forward they as local authorities will ensure the already established structures are use by all organizations hence assured the establishment of byelaws on community ownership.

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