This project will help purchase life-saving biomedical equipment for the Maternal Center of Excellence (MCoE) at the Koidu Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. Funds raised through this campaign will equip the MCoE with tools like neonatal incubators and surgical beds, which are essential for delivering high-quality care but too expensive for the hospital to purchase.
Maternal mortality rates in Sierra Leone are currently among the highest of any country, as 1 in 20 mothers face a lifetime risk of dying from pregnancy or child-birth related causes. Yet despite these statistics, most maternal deaths are entirely preventable with proper interventions, including access to high quality healthcare infrastructure and biomedical equipment.
BHI, Partners in Health, and the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health are joining forces to build the Maternal Center of Excellence (MCoE), a first of its kind maternal health center and teaching hospital. Once built, clinical staff will need biomedical equipment to care for their patients. This project will outfit the MCoE with the equipment to care for new mothers and their babies, equipment that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive for the hospital to purchase on their own.
With the equipment supplied through this project, the MCoE will address and improve maternal health outcomes, educate the country's next generation of nurses and OB/GYNs, and ultimately restore trust in Sierra Leone's health system. The MCoE will not only improve maternal and child health within Sierra Leone, but it will serve as an example for how improvements in maternal health outcomes can be achieved everywhere through dignified and sustainable healthcare infrastructure.