Sierra Leone’s maternal mortality rates are the highest in the world and a third of all infants do not live to see the age of five. Our goal is to increase child and maternal survival rates by providing free and quality access to healthcare. As a part of the total solution-- health staff, traditional birth assistants and clinic aides work together to improve access to services for common childhood illnesses, safe motherhood, nutrition and immunizations.
Previous to our facility women were relying on traditional birth assistants and spiritual doctors. The nearest health facilities were not in close enough distance to reach during child birth. As a result, many women would bleed to death, suffer from infections and illness or would resort to riding on the back of a motorcycle in distressed conditions to the nearest hospital. Our facility offers them the safety, comfort and care that they need.
This campaign funds the following programs at our Fatmata Maternity Center. Services are available to 6 surrounding communities in Pujehun District, Sierra Leone.
- Acute Malnutrition Treatment – Growth monitoring is provided overall for children under 5. For those showing clear signs of malnutrition, nutritional supplementation Sierra Mix and close monitoring is provided to ensure improvement
- Lactation and infant nutrition – One on One support from a nurse to guide new mothers on proper lactation and nutrition required for stable and healthy growth of the child
- Vaccination and Disease Treatment- Free vaccinations are provided to prevent rampant diseases such as yellow fever, poliomyelitis, tetanus, measles and tuberculosis. All children and adults are treated for emergency illness at the center. Any severe cases are referred to the district hospital
- Teenage pregnancy support – Education and Financial assistance for teenage mothers
Since our opening in 2014 over 160 healthy babies have been delivered and 6000+ patients of all ages treated. Please note though we are a maternal care facility, patients of all ages and backgrounds are treated at the center. (infant- 5 years, adolescents, adults, women and elderly)