Patients visited in OPD
Children visited every day
In Goderich, in the suburbs of the capital Freetown, EMERGENCY staff offers treatments for free to over 100 children every day.
According to data from the World Health Organisation, 21% of children under the age of 5 in Sierra Leone are underweight and, on a thousand childbirths, 120 children die before turning 5. Malaria, respiratory infections, gastrointestinal infections are the most common pathologies, often associated with or caused by malnutrition. Although healthcare in the Country is free for children under the age of five and for pregnant or breastfeeding women, only a few actually have access to care in a precarious health system, further weakened by the Ebola epidemic in 2014 and 2015.
Treatment and prevention
The Paediatric Centre is located in the same building as the EMERGENCY Surgical Centre and offers primary health care.
Children are mainly affected by malaria, gastrointestinal infections and respiratory tract infections. In the paediatric ward lane, the most serious cases are hospitalised, averaging more than 120 per month. These are often children taken to hospital when the disease is already acute.
The staff at the Centre maintains health promotion lessons aimed at promoting good health practice and the prevention of the most common diseases.
We provide a guesthouse for relatives or other people accompanying patients arriving from far away.
The nutritional programme
In order to counter malnutrition and malnutrition, since 2005, we have activated a specific program: in addition to care activities, we monitor the weight of children, distribute food to families, and teach how to associate locally available foods to provide complete nutrition to the youngest.
Health promotion programme
In 2015, together with the European Union – EU Delegation in Sierra Leone, we started a health promotion programme in 60 primary schools in the Western Area Rural District for children, teachers and reference communities. Our staff organises information meetings on good hygiene practices, the importance of vaccination, the risks of malaria and the correct nutrition of the baby.
Within the same program we offer scholastic support for hospitalised children who are followed by two teachers with individual and group lessons throughout the hospital stay.
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The civil war, which ended in 2002, left enormous gaps in the country’s infrastructure and the needs of the population today are great. Life expectancy is 51 years, and the mortality rate for children aged five and under is 120 per 1,000 births.