Healthcare in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone

Mariata Travelled from Sierra Leone to Sudan for surgery

Mariata traveled from Sierra Leone to Sudan for surgery (Image Courtesy of CBS)

Thanks to the latest CBS “60 Minutes,” American viewers witnessed the journey that brought Mariata and Sufiatu, two young girls suffering a deadly heart condition, from Sierra Leone to Sudan where they were treated at the Salam Center, the only state-of-the-art facility that provides free cardiac surgery in Africa, run by EMERGENCY.

While the Salam Center is the only facility to offer such special cardiac surgery care in the entire continent, EMERGENCY is also very active in Sierra Leone, among other countries, where we provide surgical and pediatric care and preventative medicine.

In 2001, when a bloody civil war that killed more than 50,000 people and forced many more to flee the country was coming to an end, EMERGENCY began a program for war victims in Goderich, a village near Freetown. Today that program has expanded to also include a Pediatric Outpatient Department kids are treated mainly for malaria, anemia and respiratory infections. 

To learn more about the status of healthcare in Sierra Leone, we invite you to join us for an online chat with Sierra Leone former Information & Broadcasting Minister Cecile Blake, TV personality Nzinga Blake, and EMERGENCY USA  Executive Director Eric Talbert on Thursday May 20, 2014 at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET. RSVP here to participate and send us questions via Facebook and Twitter.

Baby being treated at the Sierra Leone Pediatric Center

2 thoughts on “Healthcare in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone

  1. My entire family is from Sierra Leone, and it has been terrible to watch how the healthcare there has eroded to the point that it has. I am glad there are organizers that are there to help. I hate I missed the online chat earlier…

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