GEO Magazine

GEO Magazine

On Tuesday 10th April, the Swiss-Sierra Leone Development Foundation welcomed three journalists from GEO Magazine, Germany. The purpose of the visit was to learn more about the mental health effects of the Ebola epidemic, 2 years after Sierra Leone was declared free of Ebola transmission. As a result of our work with Ebola affected children […]

Feeding Programme

Feeding Programme

Special thanks go to ASSEDA and the Aurora Foundation for supporting the Magbenteh Community Boarding School with a feeding programme, ensuring each of our 186 students receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch 5 days per week. In a country with a chronic malnutrition rate of 30% for children under 5 in 2014, according to the […]

Sierra Leone’s Malaria Endemic

Sierra Leone’s Malaria Endemic

Magbenteh Community Hospital wants to support not only the communities of Bombali District and the future of Sierra Leone’s children, but also the Sustainable Development Goals. One of our medical team’s biggest challenges is the fight against Sierra Leone’s most common infectious disease and one of its most serious public health problems; malaria. Malaria is […]

Helfende Hӓnde

Helfende Hӓnde

The Swiss-Sierra Leone Development Foundation recently welcomed friends from the German organisation, Helfende Hӓnde. This would be the fourth visit to Makeni for founding members; Eckhard, Margitta and Eveline, and the SSLDF Fundraising Team were eager to show them both new and existing projects. On the list of visits included the Magbenteh Community Hospital, Magbenteh […]

A year in the life of Dr Genevieve

A year in the life of Dr Genevieve

During 2017 SSLDF and Magbenteh Community Hospital were blessed with the arrival of volunteer Doctor, Genevieve Haddock from the UK. She shares her experience: “Magbenteh Community Hospital is a very unique place. Last January when I arrived, I never dreamt that I would be staying in the country for a whole year- but the charm […]

Daniel, Joerg & a new Family Planning Clinic

Daniel, Joerg & a new Family Planning Clinic

In January 2018, with the support of two private donors, the Family Planning clinic will reopen at Magbenteh Community Hospital, providing free contraception and safe abortion to women in Bombali District, empowering them to choose for themselves and determine their futures. The original Family Planning Clinic at Magbenteh Community Hospital was closed as a result […]

A personal reflection from the SSLDF Building Engineer

A personal reflection from the SSLDF Building Engineer

Our SSLDF Building Engingeer from Spain, Virginia Canales will be leaving SSLDF and Sierra Leone at the end of December after 20 months working tirelessly on both the Magbenteh Community Boarding School Project for children affected by Ebola and from the most deprived surrounding villages, alongside several projects within the Magbenteh Community Hospital; the construction […]

Medical Elective Student

Medical Elective Student

Lewis Mundell from the University of Dundee in Scotland recently came to Magbenteh Community Hospital as a 5th year medical student to carry out a medical elective placement. Lewis shared his experience with us: “Having been to Sierra Leone in 2011 and 2012 and visiting Magbenteh Community Hospital before attending Medical School, the hospital was […]

Traditional Medicine vs Science-Based Medicine

Traditional Medicine vs Science-Based Medicine

In Sierra Leone, there is no village without a herbalist but there are villages without clinics. Traditional or ‘Country’ medicine is an alternative medical discipline, deep-seated in Sierra Leonean culture and one existed long before the establishment of science based medicine in West Africa. A combination of literacy rate; with only 58.7 per cent of […]