Case of the week: “A crab caused me to be admitted!”

Case of the week: “A crab caused me to be admitted!”

The Female Ward at Magbenteh Community Hospital receives numerous cases. One in particular is of a young lady called Sayo, who bought crab for dinner and ended up paying a steep price for it. After purchasing the seafood in the local market Sayo was pricked on her leg by the crab’s claw through its plastic […]

Clean Energy Initiative

Clean Energy Initiative

The Magbenteh Community Hospital currently has three power sources, NPA (National Power Authority); solar and a generator (should there be a ‘black out’ or cut of electricity). Sierra Leone is yet to have consistent electricity nationwide, however when it is supplied, it is done so by NPA (via the Electrical Distribution and Supply Authority). Lack […]

Emergency Obstetric and New Born Care Training

Emergency Obstetric and New Born Care Training

Sister Fasia, Head Midwife at Magbenteh Community Hospital, recently attended a National Harmonised Emergency Obstetric and New Born Care (EMNOC) Training at the Regional Hospital, Makeni. Conducted by UKAID, WHO, UNFPA, and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the training focused on major causes of maternal, prenatal morbidity and mortality, the associated risk factors and […]

Under-Fives prone to malnutrition

Under-Fives prone to malnutrition

Meet 1-and-a-half-year-old, Zainab, who was admitted to Magbenteh Community Hospital Children’s Ward 10 days ago weighing just 4kg. Zainab arrived with her mother having travelled from their small village, 30 kilometres away from our health facility with acute malnutrition. Her mother explained that her husband had been severely sick, using all the money they had […]

Increase of positive Hepatitis B cases

Increase of positive Hepatitis B cases

Hepatitis is a prevalent condition in Sierra Leonean communities. It is transmitted through various methods but all include contamination through HBV (Hepatitis B Virus) infected blood or bodily fluids. The main symptom of the disease is inflammation of the liver, leading to stomach distention and pain the abdomen. The patient may also have yellow-stained skin. […]

Hypertension on the rise

Hypertension on the rise

Hypertension is also known as high blood pressure and is a killer condition especially in an environment where there are no campaigns geared towards its awareness or methods of early diagnosis. Hypertension is particularly on the rise in Sierra Lone due to socioeconomic stress, especially in areas of poverty. Hypertension is extremely prominent in our […]

Pharmacy dispensation at Magbenteh Community Hospital

Pharmacy dispensation at Magbenteh Community Hospital

The correct dispensation of medication to the communities of Sierra Leone is paramount to ensure a safe and healthy nation. At Magbenteh Community Hospital we are working hard to prevent drug resistance and the global phenomenon of self-medication. In Sierra Leone the adult illiteracy rate is 41%, according to the United Nations Development Programme, therefore […]

Volunteers from Alma College, Michigan

Volunteers from Alma College, Michigan

SSLDF was delighted to welcome three students from Alma College, Michigan during the month of June; Danny, Destiny and Jack. Danny and Destiny executed education placements at Magbenteh Community Boarding School, rotating through each of the five classes during their 4 weeks in Sierra Leone. Both volunteers have been an inspiration to the students and […]

Typhoid in Sierra Leone

Typhoid in Sierra Leone

Typhoid is one of the most common infectious diseases in Sierra Leone, caused by the bacteria Salmonella typhimurium. The bacteria lives in the intestines and bloodstreams of humans, spread through the contamination of food and water. In a developing country such as Sierra Leone, typhoid is more common risk, especially with poor hygiene in food […]