Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone

by Build Health International
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone
Equip Maternal Health Center in Sierra Leone

Nearly a year ago, you kindly donated to the Maternal Center of Excellence (MCOE) project in Kono, Sierra Leone. The future MCOE will be a transformative facility that will drastically improve maternal health outcomes across the region and train the next generation of healthcare professionals in Sierra Leone and beyond. In the year since you gave, significant progress has been made on design, construction, and capacity building for the future maternal health center. Some of the accomplishments over the past year include:

  • Breaking ground on the MCOE construction site. 
  • Optimizing the facility’s design to ensure patient comfort and safety. 
  • Organizing a team of Haitian foreman and laborers who will travel to Sierra Leone to lead the earthwork phase of construction in the coming months. 

Construction of the MCOE will be a multi-year process, but the work being done right now is among the most critical, as it will lay the groundwork for the MCOE’s long term sustainability and success. Thank you again for your support of the MCOE and Build Health International – enabling us to lay the groundwork for health equity for years to come. 

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May 2021, BHI staff made Sierra Leone site visit
May 2021, BHI staff made Sierra Leone site visit

As we head into the Thanksgiving Holiday, we are thankful for our global community of partners and donors who have joined us to build resilient health infrastructure where it is needed most. Among these critical infrastructure projects is the Maternal Center of Excellence (MCoE) in Sierra Leone, which you generously supported last April. In the spirit of giving thanks, we wanted to reach out and thank you again for your contribution by providing a quick update on the MCoE. 

Since we officially broke ground on the MCoE alongside Partners in Health on April 23, 2021, BHI has been hard at work preparing for the 143 bed teaching hospital and resource center. At home, our team has been finalizing key design elements such as ventilation and passive air flow to ensure infection control and make the facility environmentally sustainable (learn more about the technical design process here). In Sierra Leone, the team has completed site assessments to source materials, vendors, and additional resources for the project. 

Thanks to the support of donors like you, in 3 years when construction is complete and the MCoE opens its doors, clinicians will be equipped with the biomedical equipment they need to provide high-quality care and dramatically improve maternal health outcomes.

Thank you for helping us build towards a future where all women – regardless of where they are born – have access to safe, dignified, and life-saving maternal healthcare. We are thankful for your support in helping us set a new standard for maternal healthcare in Sierra Leone.

Rendering of the future MCoE
Rendering of the future MCoE
February 2020, BHI presented future MCoE design
February 2020, BHI presented future MCoE design
April 2021, BHI and PIH broke ground on MCoE
April 2021, BHI and PIH broke ground on MCoE

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Sierra Leone Minister of Health Speaks at Ceremony
Sierra Leone Minister of Health Speaks at Ceremony

Here at Build Health International, it has been a busy couple of months. As the COVID-19 Delta variant spreads throughout much of the Global South, our focus has turned to sustainably expanding access to medical oxygen infrastructure in the most high need countries, such as Uganda, Nepal, Haiti, and Malawi. And this work is growing every day. 

Alongside this keen focus on expanding oxygen access, we’ve remained committed to our ongoing projects, including the Maternal Center of Excellence (MCoE) in Sierra Leone, which you generously donated to this past spring!

On April 23rd, we broke ground on the MCoE! Since then, our team has been on site, completing work on the layout, meeting with leaders in the community, and locating resources for construction. 

The construction of the MCoE is set to take 2 years. While this date may seem far off, your gift will ensure that when the hospital doors open in 2+ years, clinicians are equipped with the biomedical equipment they need to provide high-quality care and ultimately improve maternal health outcomes. 

As we begin the construction phase of this project, we’re proud to have you on our team every step of the wayworking towards a future where more women can experience the joys of motherhood rather than the fears—and setting a new standard of maternal care in Sierra Leone.

Staff Gather to Celebrate MCoE Ground Breaking
Staff Gather to Celebrate MCoE Ground Breaking
BHI Staff Make Site Visit
BHI Staff Make Site Visit
Paul Farmer and Sierra Leone's Minister of Health
Paul Farmer and Sierra Leone's Minister of Health
Ground is Broken at Site of Future MCoE
Ground is Broken at Site of Future MCoE

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Olivia Duggan
Beverly, MA United States
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