Although the Ebola outbreak has officially been declared over, it is essential that we continue to address the issues caused or highlighted by the outbreak. We are focusing on rebuilding trust in the healthcare system and improving access to it in the communities we serve.
We are working with an advocacy group called Tok fo Pikin Welbodi to reach out to the community and deliver vital messages on how to keep communities safe from a resurgence of Ebola, how to access healthcare and how to tackle some of the most common preventable illnesses. Over the last few months we have been engaging with Tok fo Pikin Welbodi leaders on how to transition from Ebola response projects to projects that support more longer term health improvement initiatives. We will keep you updated as this plan is developed.
We are currently supporting the design of a project to tackle Tuberculosis (TB) in Eastern Freetown. Working with the Jenner Wright Clinic (JW), we will build a structure to be used for the screening and treatment of TB patients. The existing TB room is located in an area where other treatment takes place. As TB is an airborne disease, it poses a high risk to other patients. The average monthly number of TB patients at JW is 75 and this number continues to increase. This facility serves as one of the key referral TB treatment facilities within Eastern Freetown. The structure will accommodate at least 10 patients at a time and office space for the TB focal point in the facility.
We look forward to keeping you up to date as this and other projects progress. None of this would be possible without the fantastic support of Global Giving and those who donate through it – thank you!
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