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 […]

5 Fantastic Weeks of Physiotherapy

5 Fantastic Weeks of Physiotherapy

Karin Wernick from Germany returned to Sierra Leone and Magbenteh Community Hospital for her second visit, to support the needs of our physiotherapy department for 5 weeks. Treating both inpatients admitted in our Children’s Ward, Female Ward and Male Ward, as well as returning outpatients, Karin has worked miracles. One particular patient is 9 year […]

Health focus: Hernia

Health focus: Hernia

Bombali District is experiencing an increase in hernia medical condition. Caused by strain and muscle weakeness as result of hard work, it is most common in the rural communities where manual labour is custom to daily life. Access to quality health care services continues to be a challenge for many Sierra Leoneans. With Magbenteh Community […]

Rice Distribution

Rice Distribution

On Tuesday 31st October, the 223 children from the Action Swiss Sponsorship Programme received a bag of rice to take home. With the cost of food items constantly increasing due to the economic instability of the country, the rice will serve as a temporary supplement to relieve some financial pressure on the children’s families. The […]

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, […]