In October 2012 the First Lady of Sierra Leone, H.E. Sia Koroma, granted GGM a larger facility just outside the capital of Freetown in an area known as Lakka. The building was built in 2006 by the former vice-president Mr. Solomon Berewa in honor of his late wife, a former nurse. After renovations the hospital, Lady Deborah Berewa Hospital (LDBH) was opened in December 2012 and now serves as the GGM free outpatient hospital in Lakka Village in the Western Rural District of Sierra Leone.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In 2011 Sierra Leone ranked 180 out of 187 according to the Human Developmental Index (HDI). Sierra Leone has some of the poorest health indicators in the world with life expectancy at birth (2008)--48.2 years. Infant mortality rate--89 deaths/1,000 live births. Under-5 mortality rate--140 deaths/1,000 births. Fully-immunized children--30.2%. HIV infection rate for adults, ages 15-49 years (2007 est.)--1.7%. (Source: US State Department) The GGM clinic is providing needed healthcare.
How will this project solve this problem?
The GGM clinic in Freetown is serving the disabled population and the underserved. We diagnose with trained medical staff and laboratory capabilities and then provide treatment all free of charge. We lead teams of medical professionals to work along side our staff and provide continuing medical education. Our clinic is considered by the people to be a hospital since all services are available. We provide clean drinking water with our newly installed well. Our staff are caring and educated.
Potential Long Term Impact
General population utilization rates of health care services in Sierra Leone is estimated at 0.5 contacts per capita per annum, this means that only half the population attends a health facility once every year.Source:S L National Health Sector Strategic Plan 2010-15. The GGM clinic allows people with chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure to be treated and monitored. This is virtually nonexistant elsewhere in the country. We maintain patient records.
Total Funding Received to Date: $19,930
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $19,930 . The original project funding goal was $15,000.