MedicAid Africa

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Sierra Leone’s pregnant women are 200 times more likely to die compared to the UK. We are working to reduce these numbers by providing comprehensive maternal health services centred on quality emergency obstetric care and an effective referral system pivoted by a responsive ambulance service.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

Registered Charity in Scotland (SC034516)

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  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
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  • Hospitals/HospicesHospitals/Hospices

    Helping

Location

Situation

The war severely compromised health infrastructure and provision of quality emergency obstetric care. Sierra Leone is one of the world’s poorest countries and has one of the worst maternal and infant mortality rates. With 1in5 children dying before their 5th birthday, and 1in8 women dying during pregnancy, the country is off-target for the Health MDGs. Antenatal care is scarce and most births occur outside health facilities mainly due to finance barriers and poor transport and referral services.

Solution

MedicAid aims to reduce maternal deaths by; Ensuring a prompt ambulance response for over 75% of pregnancy complications referred to Kindoya Hospital over 24 months. Improving by 5% above regional average the number of deliveries occurring in health facilities over 24 months. Achieving a below 1% fatality rate for all treated emergency pregnancy complications.