We have already achieved a great deal since we began working in Sierra Leone. Download our five year review to read about our work so far.
Some of our work to date:
We also recognise the vital importance of in-service training, and have provided consistent and continuous education to raise clinical standards day-by-day. For nurses in particular, many of whom learn on the ward as they cannot afford to study for further formal qualifications, demonstrating and reinforcing good practice has had a significant impact on performance. Much of this training has been delivered with input from our partner in Wales, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University NHS Trust.
We have made significant improvements to the organisation of care. For example, we helped introduce a triage system so that incoming patients are correctly assessed for relative urgency, and are handled accordingly. This proved vital when patient numbers skyrocketed upon the introduction of free care for children under five in 2010.
We have introduced computerised medical records, and reinforced administrative protocols so that cases can be tracked effectively. Not only does this mean patients receive better care, but that we are better able to monitor mortality and morbidity at the children’s hospital, and thereby track performance, examine trends, and inform research.
We also improved the power supply with a back-up generator, which allows for 24-hour care even during the frequent power outages that are a feature of life in Sierra Leone. We purchased concentrators, which have been in near constant use since their arrival and have saved countless lives, as well as other essential medical equipment.
The hospital is still poorly resourced, and requires key equipment and supplies before it can operate as an accredited teaching institution. Among our most important initiatives in the comings months are to secure an x-ray machine and improve the hospital laboratory. The improvement of the laboratory, which is being led by our partner in Wales, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University NHS Trust, includes both equipment and staff training.
The appetite for change is there at the hospital. We now need the funds to enable that change and reward the staff’s energy and faith in us.
Explore Ola During and see some of our projects: