Diabetes on the rise in Sierra Leone

Diabetes on the rise in Sierra Leone

Diabetes in Sierra Leone, a non-communicable and lifelong disease which can lead to serious complications, is dramatically on the rise. Sub-Saharan Africa is the hardest-hit region in terms of greatest loss of life from premature death amongst those with diabetes. This is due to cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, blindness and amputation. Unlike Europe or the […]

Farewell to our volunteer Inventories Specialist

Farewell to our volunteer Inventories Specialist

I am sadly coming to the end of my one year volunteer placement at Magbenteh Community Hospital as the Inventories Specialist. My goal was to implement a documentation system for the pharmacy store and the dispensary, working alongside a Sierra Leonean counterpart, to strengthen the capacity building element of SSLDF. Patrick, my counterpart, who has […]

Reproductive Health

Reproductive Health

On Saturday 17th June 2017, members of SSLDF and the Magbenteh Community Hospital medical team gave a talk on the importance of reproductive health for 80 youths from the Sports for Empowerment Foundation in the compound of a local school. Paul and Saffa, two of our Community Health Officer’s, alongside Dr Genevieve, began the session outlining the […]

Malaria as a preventable cause of infant-mortality

Malaria as a preventable cause of infant-mortality

In Sierra Leone, a nationwide campaign of free treated bed nets is currently being carried out to ensure the number of malaria cases is kept as low as possible during this year’s rainy season. We are one of seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa where more than a quarter of the population is infected with malaria […]

Alma College

Alma College

At Magbenteh Community Hospital we love to welcome volunteers! For the past month, two pre-medical students; Keara and Caroline, from Alma College in Michigan USA, had the opportunity to work alongside our medical team. Caroline reflected on her experience: “I am extremely thankful that I was able to spend the past month in Sierra Leone, and that […]

Debate & Poetry Competition

Debate & Poetry Competition

During the Easter weekend a debate and poetry competition was held at Magbenteh Community Hospital for the 240 children of the Action Swiss-Sierra Leone School Sponsorship Programme. It was a wonderful event with a great deal of rivalry between the contestants. Topics for the senior school level debate included teenage pregnancy, modern technology and education […]

Smiles in the Children’s Ward

Smiles in the Children’s Ward

Our new Volunteer Health Practitioner, Andrea, from Germany distributed sweets and colouring pencils to the patients in the Children’s Ward at Magbenteh Community Hospital this morning.  The Children’s Ward has a capacity of 29 beds, examination rooms and inside toilets. Free health care for children under 5 years is intended to be given to families […]

Sylvanus and Alice Koroma Memorial Foundation

Sylvanus and Alice Koroma Memorial Foundation

Magbenteh Community Hospital was fortunate enough to receive a visit from Florence M. Koroma Turay, sister to President Ernest B Koroma on Wednesday 25th January 2017. The Sylvanus and Alice Koroma Memorial Foundation was established in 2011 in memory of Florence and Ernest’s late parents, assisting the local communities of Sierra Leone in the areas of […]