Sierra Leone

Health worker, Sister Agnus Memorial Maternity Clinic, Gardnersville, Liberia. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Blog: 7,000 people, one clinic, no running water: Ebola and West Africa’s chronic health crisis

Ebola policy lead, Jess Skinner, describes how health care workers in Liberia have continued to provide basic services throughout the Ebola crisis, despite the personal risks involved and a chronic lack of resources.

Oxfam handwashing station at a school in Monrovia. Photo: Carsten Völz/Oxfam

Blog: Ebola again in Liberia: Hope dampened but not destroyed

No complacency: The mood after

Teaching children how to wash hands, Oxfam Ebola response in Sierra Leone. Photo: Tommy Trenchard/Oxfam

Blog: Ebola has cancelled Christmas: Life under quarantine in Sierra Leone

When working in communications and media relations, a big part of your job is to show and tell the world what you have seen. One of my first assignments in Sierra Leone was to watch Oxfam distributing hygiene kits in the slums of Freetown and talk with quarantined families.

Après avoir perdu leur fille de complications à l'accouchement, Alieu Conteh et Muso Conteh s'occupent de leur petite-fille. Photo: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

Blog: Ma visite du bureau d’Oxfam de Freetown en Sierra Leone

Durant mon séjour à Freetown, les pluies torrentielles qui se sont abattues ont été les pires que je n’ai jamais connues.  Même à Panama où j’ai grandi, les averses en pleine saison des pluies ne se comparaient pas à celles-ci.

Et pourtant, bien qu’il y ait de l’eau absolument partout, je ne peux m’empêcher d’être surprise par le fait que la population manque cruellement d’eau potable et salubre, pour ses besoins ménagers, ou de sanitaires.

After their daughter's death due to complications in labor, Alieu Conteh and Muso Conteh look after their granddaughter. Photo: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

Blog: A Visit to Oxfam’s Office in Freetown, Sierra Leone

While visiting Freetown I encountered torrential rains the likes of which I’ve never seen. They don’t even compare to the downpours at the height of the rainy season I experienced growing up in Panama.

But despite water, water, everywhere, I can’t help but being taken aback by the overwhelming lack of access people have to clean drinking and washing water, and to toilets.

 Centre communautaire de santé George Brook, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Blog: Sierra Leone: la gratuité des soins dans les centres de santé communautaires

Après ma visite de la plus grande maternité de Freetown, j’ai aujourd’hui l’opportunité de visiter des centres de santé communautaires des quartiers vulnérables de la capitale.  Ces centres jouent un rôle primordial dans la délivrance des soins gratuits aux femmes et aux enfants, promis par le gouvernement le 27 avril.

The George Brook Community Health Center in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Blog: Free health care comes to Sierra Leone’s community health centers

After having seen the largest maternity hospital of Freetown, today I have the chance to visit some of Sierra Leone’s community health centers in vulnerable communities in the capital.

Nurse trainees in the general labor ward at the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital in Freetown.

Blog: A Visit to Sierra Leone’s Princess Christian Maternity Hospital

The day after my visit to the Central Medical Stores, I go to see the largest public maternity hospital in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown. This is the hospital that receives patients referred to it from community clinics throughout Freetown and surrounding areas.

A man with a clipboard watches as warehouse workers unload boxes of medicines.

Blog: A Visit to the Central Medical Stores in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Exploring free health care in Sierra Leone

On my second day in Freetown, I walk by two large 18-wheeled trucks, each carrying a large shipping container full of anti-malarial and other drugs. The two trucks have hauled their enormous containers up from the docks to the high ground where I stand in front of Sierra Leone’s Central Medical Stores.

Une salle d'attente pleine dans un centre médical.

Blog: Sierra Leone : Gratuité des soins de santé pour les femmes et les enfants

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Je reviens d’un voyage à Freetown, capitale de Sierra Leone où le gouvernement a lancé une initiative le 27 avril pour offrir des soins de santé gratuits aux femmes enceintes et aux enfants. Le programme abolit les frais aux hôpitaux publics et cliniques à travers le pays, pour un ensemble de services de base donnés aux femmes enceintes et allaitantes, ainsi que pour les enfants de moins de cinq ans. Je voulais en savoir plus.

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