Ex-Denmark Prime Minister Visits Salone

By Ayodele Deen Cole

The former Prime Minister of Denmark, who is now the Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children organisation, Helle Thorning- Schmidt was in town last week, to assess the post Ebola recovery process in the country.
During her two days’ visit, the new CEO of Save the Children met with President Ernest Bai Koroma and other senior cabinet ministers. The fruitful discussions she had were focused on a couple of issues including but not limited to, the recovery process and the progress made so far. She also spoke on the situation of children in the recovery process and the support needed by Save the Children to carry out its mandate. Helle Thorning- Schmidt also spoke on the issue of donor pledges by different international partners for the post Ebola recovery phase and the present funding gaps to implement to most of their projects. She also engaged various partners on progress made in their new campaign, Every Last Child and the possible opportunities for Save the Children Sierra Leone to change the situation of child mothers and other vulnerable children in the country. Her visit has opened a lots of opportunities for the country including funding prospects for the organisation and the government, especially to support the recovery process as well as supporting the Ebola survivors, education and protection of children in the country.
This is the second visit of the Save the Children CEO to the country. Her first visit was last January as Prime Minister of Denmark, making her the first Western Leader to travel the African nation since the end of the EVD outbreak.