Currently, Sierra Leone has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world with 1,165 deaths per 100,000 live births, 6 times the global average, and one of the highest child mortality rates in the world with 156 deaths per 1,000 live births of children under 5 years.
The health workforce is a crucial component in delivering high quality, affordable, and accessible health care services. Our aim is to build the capacity of the health system in Sierra Leone to reduce the number of women and children who are sick, suffer, or die unnecessarily. We do this by providing highly skilled doctors, nurses, midwives and managers to build the capacity of national staff.
The training and mentoring we provide enables Sierra Leonean doctors and nurses to become better at their jobs, more able to diagnose and treat the preventable problems claiming so many lives. Our work to improve hospital systems will ensure that families get the affordable health service that they need, with limited resources effectively applied. Our work with mothers means that they have better knowledge about how to maintain their families' health, and how to get help when they need it.