Health Center and Nursing School
What is the problem?
Sierra Leone is among the most destitute countries on the planet, with approximately 70 percent of the population living below the poverty line. Health care is arguably the most critical issue contributing to the needless loss of life in this developing country. According to the World Health Organization, Sierra Leone has one of the lowest life expectancies in the world at just 34 years, one of the highest maternal mortality rates and one of the highest infant mortality rates (270 deaths per 1,000 live births).
The lack of access to basic preventive and treatment services, especially at the community level, remains one of the most pernicious threats to the majority of Sierra Leone’s population. The ten-year-old rebel war destroyed over 70 percent of all health facilities including medical equipment and a staggering 80 percent of the country does not meet the minimum requirement of two to five physician per 1,000 people.
What will GNF do?
The Global Needs Foundation plans to open a Health Center and Nursing School in the eastern part of Freetown to ensure that all 500 plus citizens who live in Freetown will have easy access to quality health care at subsidized rates. This complex is currently under construction and will include a pharmacy, a surgical theater, a maternity/pediatric unit, as well as living and training quarters for doctors, nurses and students. According to GNF’s calculations, to build and run a project of this scope will cost $1,391,411.00.
What sort of services will this complex provide?
The Nursing School will train Freetown’s own residents to become health care workers. The school will train traditional birth attendants on modern delivery skills.
The Health Center will provide the residents of Freetown with easy and regular access to affordable health care. This, in turn, should:
- reduce the incidence of maternal and infant mortality rates
- reduce the incidence of dehydration and malnutrition
- introduce the concepts of immunizations and neo-natal care to the community
- give mothers the proper information on how to care for their children’s health and nutritional needs
- increase awareness of family planning and other reproductive health issues