Ellen Impressed With JSI Activities

Morrison O.G. Sayon

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has expressed delight over the level of work being done by the John Snow Incorporated in Liberia.    The Liberian leader has also expressed satisfaction over what JSI is doing in preparing “The President’s Young Professionals,” a group of young Liberians who are making strides in various disciplines to become future leaders of the country.

A high power JSI delegation met with President Johnson-Sirleaf yesterday at which time several issues including efforts to improve the health sector were discussed.  Speaking to newsmen in Monrovia, the President of John Snow Incorporated, Joel Lamstein said his organization is working with the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare and the President’s Young Professionals in implementing several projects in Liberia.

Mr. Lamstein said JSI is involved in the rehabilitation of health facilities and training of Liberians in various areas especially in the health sector. He said JSI has been working in the country for about eight years and will continue to work with various groups in Liberia.

He disclosed that his delegation and President Sirleaf met yesterday and discussed several issues including the Rebuilding Basic Health Services, one of the major projects being undertaken by JSI in Liberia. Mr. Lamstein said President Sirleaf is pleased with the activities of JSI and has also expressed support for the program. He said officials of JSI and the Liberian leader discussed the future of Liberia’s health sector and other areas of importance.

Lamstein said with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), JSI is working with the Ministry of Health to upgrade the capacity of the Ministry.

Earlier, the Chief of Party of Rebuilding Basic Health Services, Rose Jallah Macauley said the President is very pleased with efforts being made by the young professionals.

Madam Macauley said the Rebuilding Basic Health Services is a USAID project but is being implemented by JSI as a five-year project in Liberia.

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