HOSPITAL UP AND RUNNING

On the 30th of April, the Bo Children’s Hospital was opened in a small ceremony. The first patient was a two month old baby treated for malaria and sepsis. During May, 172 children were treated for a range of conditions including malaria, pneumonia and gastroenteritis. The hospital currently has 18 staff plus a part time consultant pediatrician.

 

 
 
 

pediatric training for dr sombi

Dr Vandi Sombi recently completed pediatric training at Westmeade Children's Hospital. Dr Sombi wil use this training to provide services to the Bo Children's Hospital and will train the other paramedics in Bo.

watch interview with Dr Sombi

Watch the video about the BO Children's Hospital Project:


THE SIERRA LEONE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES FREE HEALTH CARE FOR PREGNANT AND LACTATING WOMEN

There are positive changes moving through Sierra Leone's health system. In a bold move, the government recently announced free universal health care for pregnant and lactating women, and all children under five years of age. Still, the country’s health-care system remains under-resourced and in a state of serious disrepair following the country’s long civil conflict. Access to quality health care is expensive and difficult.

Click on the following link for more information: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/sierraleone_55298.html

 

Sierra Leone: Treating Children with Malaria

Pediatrician Leo Ho worked in the intensive care unit of the MSF-run Gondama Hospital in the Bo region of Sierra Leone in 2007. During his assignment, Dr. Ho was continually treating the most severe malaria cases: children brought to the hospital who had already fallen into a coma; those who were severely malnourished; or also suffering from tuberculosis or HIV/AIDS. "We were just trying to keep them alive," says Dr. Ho. Warning: The images contained in this video may be upsetting to some viewers.


 
 

STAGE ONE:

Outpatient’s Clinic with 20 beds initially to be increased to 60, diagnostic facilities and operating theatre

Health education and research unit that will train nurses and paramedics, educate children and parents on nutrition and disease prevention, and research local health issues

Estimated initial cost: AUD$300,000

STAGE 2:

Create a locally based, self funded Management structure for the Hospital supporting the community through education and basic medical programs.

 

STAGE 3:

Raise funds in Australia and overseas to extend and equip the Hospital