The West African country of Sierra Leone has a current population of 7.7 million people with 42% of the population under the age of 15. Sierra Leone has one of the world’s lowest life expectancies with the average life expectancy being 57 years of age.
Sierra Leone suffered a civil war between the years of 1991-2002. The Civil war lasted 11 years and resulted in over 2 million Sierra Leoneans being internally displaced or left them as refugees in neighboring countries. The results of the Civil War and the 2014 Ebola outbreak, which claimed close to 4000 lives, has left Sierra Leone as one of the poorest and most underserved countries in the world. Currently more than 60% of Sierra Leoneans live below the poverty line and are not able to access basic human needs including medical care
These events have had a huge impact on the country’s infrastructure and economy. Sierra Leone now has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world with 1 in 17 mothers at risk of death due to pregnancy or childbirth. The major causes of illness within the country are preventable with modern technology and medical advances.
In early November MedGlobal is deploying a Mission to Bo, the third largest city in Sierra Leone. Bo Town has a currently population of 175,000 and is located in Bo District, a Southern Province of Sierra Leone roughly 4-hour drive from Freetown, the countries capital. For most people in Sierra Leone, health care is unaffordable and there is a shortage of physicians throughout the country. We are partnering with the District Medical Officer of Bo by sending 13-14 doctors, to provide care to the people of this region and training to the local Bo Medical Practitioners. We will be working in partnership with local organizations to provide treatment and training. In 2017 Bo opened its first Midwifery school where we also hope to provide training.