Kombra Media Network (KMN) was established on 13th March 2015 after training sessions conducted by FOCUS 1000 on Scaling-Up Nutrition and Immunization (GAVI). Our key objective is to report on issues related to heath like nutrition, immunization and other health-related issues as well as sensitize the public for positive behaviour and social change.
The Network is made up of fifteen (15) journalists from different media houses (Print and Electronic Media). Among these active members, an interim executive was formed to coordinate the activities of the Network.KMN has held seven meetings since its establishment during which members discussed the drafting of byelaws, rules and regulations for the network.
Objectives of Komba Media Network
The Nutrition Advocacy Fund is a one year project that looks at the financial and policy commitments made by the Government of Sierra Leone at the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) London summit held in 2013. The aim is to advocate for increase in financial support towards nutrition related activities. This includes the establishment of dedicated budget lines for nutrition under Ministry of Health Sanitation, Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security and other line ministries, and the ratification of the Code of Breast Milk Substitutes (CBMS).
SUNI CSP advocates for:
Re-affirming commitments taken at the London N4G Summit, whilst making them more SMART and showing concrete evidence of the actions taken so far to fulfil them. In particular SUNI CSP expects the government to meet the financial commitments adopted in 2013, increasing allocations to outlined ministries and line ministries, in establishing a budget line relating to its impact on nutrition.;
Ratification the Code of Breast Milk Substitutes. Much work has already been done in this regard and the galvanised effort by the platform is expected to accelerate the ratification process.
Scaling Up Nutrition and Immunization Civil Society Platform (SUNI- CSP) Sierra Leone is a Civil Society Platform born out of two entities; Scaling up Nutrition Civil Society Platform (SUN) and the Immunization Civil Society Platform (GAVI).
As part of Government commitment to improve the health and nutritional status of children and women in Sierra Leone, SUNI CSP is a united platform that speaks with one voice to engage government and other development partners in promoting nutrition, immunization and health system strengthening activities.The platform is made up of over 200 members from various civil society organisations (CSOs) and community networks. It has District Coordinating Bodies (DCBs) or taskforces in all fourteen districts in Sierra Leone, with the aim to reach, support and empower the most vulnerable groups in our society and ensure that all Sierra Leoneans have access to and benefit from good nutrition and health.A key strength of SUNI CSP is the diversity of its membership-including International NGOs, National NGOs, Faith -Based Organisations (FBOs), Community Based Organisation (CBOs), Market Women Association, Farmers Union, Teachers Association and other Development Partners. The Platform also includes the media known as the Kombra Media Network (KMN), responsible for reporting and writing on health related issues.