Lights On in the Health Centre!
We are delighted to announce that the new Health Centre in Brama now has lights!
Huge thanks are extended to those who generously donated towards the cost of the solar panels. These acts of kindness have made an incredible difference. Members of our community in Sierra Leone have been so overwhelmed by the generosity and goodness of God, forty ladies gathered in the Health Centre for three days in fasting and prayer to give thanks.
This also means that plans can progress for the Centre to be officially opened in October. Praise the Lord!
On completion, the Health Centre and patient wards will be able to serve communities from 35 villages in the local vicinity. Trained staff will work in the clinic and also support communities in the villages, helping them to improve general hygiene and implementing vaccination programmes. They will also be able to provide post-natal health care for mothers and their babies.
A reminder of health facts in Sierra Leone
- The child and infant mortality rate in England and Wales in 2018 was 3.8 per 1,000. In Sierra Leone it was 78 per 1,000.
- Between January and March 2020 in Freetown alone there were 581 maternal deaths.
- Maternal deaths account for 36% of all deaths amongst women aged 15 - 49 years.
- Sierra Leone is the most dangerous place in the world to be pregnant.
- There are only 245 doctors in Sierra Leone serving 7 million people.
- 1 in 17 women won’t survive pregnancy or delivery.
- 60% of population live below the poverty line.
- 1 in 3 people do not have access to clean water.
- 3 in 5 people live in rural areas.
- MOST deaths could be prevented!
The majority of maternal and infant mortality in Sierra Leone is caused mainly by birth asphyxia, prematurity, sepsis and congenital deformity, which can be prevented.
A pregnant mother-to-be living in a rural setting cannot easily access medical help. Most often there will be an elderly woman in the vicinity to 'assist' with the birth. These untrained women have been identified by the Sierra Leone Government as the primary reason for the country's maternal deaths. This type of support is now illegal, but often when problems occur it is too late to travel to a health facility and usually there is no money for transport or health care.
Funds still needed
Whilst we are delighted to be able to complete the Health Centre's main construction with utilities, and provide necessary medical equipment, further financial support will still be needed, particularly during the first few months of operation, until the centre is established and running itself. The centre will be invaluable to the local communities, helping to save the lives of children, babies and pregnant mothers.
If you would like to make a donation, to help SLM's work in Sierra Leone, just click on the Donations button, located at the top of each website page. Please also state if you would like your donation to go towards a particular project.
Alternatively donate by Bank Transfer:
Sort code: 20-16-08, Account number: 30799076, Account name: Sierra Leone Mission
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Sierra Leone Mission. Postal address: Janet Foord, 2 Cheyne Close, Church Milton, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 2SQ