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Saving Children's Lives in Sierra Leone

by The Welbodi Partnership
Saving Children's Lives in Sierra Leone
Saving Children's Lives in Sierra Leone
Saving Children's Lives in Sierra Leone
Saving Children's Lives in Sierra Leone
Saving Children's Lives in Sierra Leone
Saving Children's Lives in Sierra Leone
Saving Children's Lives in Sierra Leone
Saving Children's Lives in Sierra Leone

The past quarter has been a busy and exciting period for us here at Welbodi Partnership; we have begun the implementation of our eagerly-awaited Paediatric Nurse Training Programme at Ola During Children’s Hospital in Freetown!

This is such an important project as, currently, nurses in Sierra Leone receive no specialist training, meaning the delivery of consistent, targeted healthcare for children is an insurmountable task. Our project takes strides towards providing quality tertiary healthcare for children in Sierra Leone through its strategic approach to strengthen knowledge and practices in the nursing workforce, firstly, through the development of Continuing Professional Development modules in the children’s hospital. We then hope to expand this work to catalyse Sierra Leone’s first postgraduate qualification in paediatric nursing.

We are delighted that Paediatric Nurse, Dickya Labicane, who worked with us for two years in 2012-14, has come back on-board as Paediatric Nurse Training Co-ordinator. National Paediatric Nurses, Aminata Lahai and Massah Samba, who have also previously supported nurse training with us have re-joined the Welbodi Partnership to help run the project. We are truly delighted with this team, who have a wealth of experience working within the Sierra Leonean health system and in Ola During Children’s Hospital. We anticipate the project will have a great impact on the quality of care provided to the hundreds of sick children presenting at the hospital each day.

Whilst we already provide high-level technical support to the hospital, achieved through our partnerships, a fixed presence in the hospital will ensure the ongoing support and growth of health workers in acute needs areas, when partner consultants are not in-country, and help to maintain improved attitudes and morale. Ultimately, training national staff is an integral aspect of our work because we believe effective and sustainable change is initiated and led by health workers themselves; this project will generate long-term health improvements for children by empowering and upskilling the Sierra Leonean nursing workforce.

We are extremely excited to see our extensive work on the design of the project be put into action. We have secured sufficient funding to commence this project, but we desperately need your help to continue this important work. On behalf of the staff and patients at the Ola During Children’s Hospital, we thank you for your generosity and urge you to share the work of Welbodi Partnership with your contacts.

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The new year is off to a great start – we are all back in the office after a refreshing few days off over the holiday period and we are delighted to welcome our new intern, Amber, to Freetown! Welbodi Partnership achieved and learnt a lot in 2018 thanks to the continued work of our operations staff, the wonderful clinical staff who came and volunteered for us at the Ola During Children’s Hospital (ODCH) and the neighbouring Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH) and, of course, you, our donors and supporters, who make it all happen.

In our last update, we described the work of our fantastic Lead Paediatric Nurse Educator, Tracy Kelly, who worked hard to improve the quality of care at the children’s hospital, including running a course for ODCH nurses on children’s cancer care. When Tracy finished her work at the end of last year, she recommended that continued specialist training for nurses at the hospital was urgently required to build the capacity of the workforce so that newborns and infants who need emergency and specialist treatment receive quality healthcare, ultimately reducing the morbidity and mortality of children presenting at the hospital.

This year, we are excited to put Tracy’s wishes into action and intend to begin a Specialist Paediatric Nurse Training Programme at ODCH. We are continuing to raise funds to get this vital programme up and running and hope that you, our supporters, are able to support our efforts in this. This programme will involve establishing a tailored training programme in ODCH and integrating Continuing Professional Development modules into the hospital’s training protocols. In addition, it will provide support to the continuous stream of trainee medical students that come to ODCH for clinical training. This is greatly important as these young medics are the future leaders of Sierra Leone’s health care system and, at the moment, no specialist paediatric qualifications are available during their clinical practice.

Whilst Sierra Leone’s health system continues to face challenges, we are proud to be a part of its development and will continue to support the staff and patients at the Ola During Children’s Hospital. However, we cannot do this without our donors and supporters. It is with your help that Welbodi Partnership can support improved child health outcomes in Sierra Leone. On behalf of the staff and patients at the Ola During Children’s Hospital, we thank you for your generosity and urge you to share the work of Welbodi Partnership with your contacts.

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It’s been a busy but rewarding few months at Welbodi Partnership here in Freetown. The rainy season brought with it aggravated health challenges at the Ola During Children’s Hospital, such as increased prevalence of malaria and water-borne diseases; however, we were pleased to support the hospital respond to the needs of its patients, providing clinical assistance, offering technical advice, and building the capacity of the workforce.

Welbodi Partnership’s Lead Paediatric Nurse Educator has been working hard to improve the quality of care at the children’s hospital. Amongst a range of activities and training programmes, our Nurse Educator has been running a course on child cancer care. Working closely with ODCH Oncology Ward staff, Welbodi Partnership has been delivering seminar-style theory classes, providing on-the-job clinical support and lab training, and offering one-on-one mentorships. We are delighted to have been working in partnership with the Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust and the Shepherd’s Hospice, based in Freetown, to maximise the impact and benefit of the training programme, and look forward to nurturing these partnerships over the next few months.

Most recently, Welbodi Partnership led an initiative to set up a new water pump in ODCH’s Triage Unit. Triage is the area where all children undergo initial assessment when arriving at the hospital. The area reaches approximately 300 children every day and, until now, children, families, and staff who work in Triage have not had access to clean water. This has been a major problem, particularly given the area is overcrowded and exposed to direct sunlight. With the help of Welbodi Partnership, there is now a sheltered area where the water pump stands, enabling children, caregivers, and staff to drink clean water whilst in Triage. This is an especially vital asset to the Unit for children who are suffering dehydration and we anticipate this making a huge difference to their recovery.

Whilst Sierra Leone’s health system continues to face challenges, we are proud to be a part of its development and will continue to support the staff and patients at the Ola During Children’s Hospital. However, we cannot do this without the help of our supporters. It is with your help that Welbodi Partnership can support improved child health outcomes in Sierra Leone. The post-Ebola drain of funding has resulted in many charities in Sierra Leone facing economic hardship. Welbodi Partnership is no exception. Without support from you, our donors, Welbodi Partnership would not be able to run our training sessions or provide on-the-ground clinical support. On behalf of the staff and patients at the Ola During Children’s Hospital, we thank you for your generosity and urge you to share the work of Welbodi Partnership with your contacts.

Please sign up to our newsletter, via our website, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get the latest news about Welbodi Partnership’s work.

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The Welbodi Partnership

Location: Headcorn, Kent - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Leanne Greenfield
London, United Kingdom
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