CHAMPS workshop

CHAMPS workshop

On Thursday 28th September, our Head Children’s Nurse and Matron from Magbenteh Community Hospital attended a workshop at the Makeni Regional Hospital, led by CHAMPS; the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Network. The aim of the workshop was to introduce a new 6-month pilot programme to health facilities across Bombali District, to establish the […]

Fundraising and volunteering for Magbenteh Community Hospital

Fundraising and volunteering for Magbenteh Community Hospital

Dr Sarah from Belgium came to Magbenteh Community Hospital in July 2017 to spend 2 months as a volunteer. Before leaving home, she carried out some fundraising activities in her local community to raise funds for the Swiss-Sierra Leone Development Foundation. Together with her Mother and Sister she raised several hundred euros in donations! During […]

Construction VS Rainy Season

Construction VS Rainy Season

Work didn’t stop for the monsoon rains of Sierra Leone during July August and September! Construction of the Magbenteh Community Boarding School accommodation continued with the building of pillars and beams to support the roof, although even this phase was disturbed by rain as you can see in the photos! Virginia, the SSLDF Building Engineer, […]

Nationwide strike by Community Health Officers

Nationwide strike by Community Health Officers

On the 10th September 2017, Community Health Officers (CHO’s) and Community Health Assistants (CHA’s) across Sierra Leone withdrew their services to the health system in response to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s refusal to sign the Community Health Practitioners Act 2017. This is the first strike by CHO’s to have arisen in Sierra Leone’s […]

Volunteering at Magbenteh Community Hospital: Dr Sally

Volunteering at Magbenteh Community Hospital: Dr Sally

Dr Sally Wright from the UK spent two months volunteering at Magbenteh Community Hospital having completed her Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene prior to working with Raleigh International as an Advanced Expedition Medic in Nepal. Dr Sally shared her time with us; “I arrived in Makeni as a medic for the Sierra Leone Marathon […]

HIV in Sierra Leone

HIV in Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, a population of 6.9 million people, there are currently 51,000 people living with HIV. This is according to the UN Aids Country Progress Report of 2015. However, the number of people currently receiving ART or Antiretroviral treatments stands at 14,500. Here at Magbenteh Community Hospital syphilis and HIV cases stand for the […]

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 […]