“Nothing is free, not even in Freetown”, is a popular cliche. This also applies for Healthcare in Sierra Leone. In the country, Health services are provided by private, governmental and non-governmental organizations. There are 13 health districts in Sierra Leone, all of which have their different health management teams. These teams are responsible for planning, organizing and monitoring health provision, training personnel, working with community and supply of drugs and health equipment.
In 2010, a ‘free health medical insurance’ was launched. A system, which supports free health care for pregnant and breastfeeding women, with an inclusion of children under five years of age. Unfortunately however, this scheme did not have 100% coverage, so that many of the women concerned did not even know that they had a right to a free medical care.
In Sierra Leone, the use of traditional medicine is practiced in the health sectors, in order to promote the cooperation of unorthodox and the orthodox medicine practitioners. Even with this, the available health care in Sierra Leone and its current health status is still rated among the poorest in the world.
The Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone in 2014, revealed that Sierra Leone’s Health care sector was highly vulnerable to disease outbreaks. It was also a pointer to the slow responsiveness of the system. Majority of the health care centers in Sierra Leone have no proper sewage and partition walls (hospital wards are partitioned with curtains). The spread of communicable diseases is quite unhindered in these settings.
There is an urgent need to support Sierra Leone’s Health system. The involvements of non-profit organizations in helping the underprivileged access quality healthcare cannot be over-emphasized. Touch of Grace has joined the ranks of organizations committed to serving these set of people. The Yengema Hospital project is one such intervention in public health in Sierra Leone. Additionally, TOG’s Nurse Training Program is designed to improve the quality of care received by the locals.Support The Yengema Hospital Project.