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The project is funded and supported by Engineers without Borders-DK and Civil Soceity in Development
Engineers without Borders-Denmark and Civil Society in DevelopmentProject Implementing Partner:
SEND Sierra Leone Project Location:
October 2021 - May 2022Project Budget:
$89,860Project Thematic Areas:
Contact details and contact
SEND Sierra Leone
+23 278 206 853
In 2017, it was estimated that 1,120 mothers died for every 100,000 live births in Sierra Leone. With one of the highest maternal mortalities globally, the mortality rates of neonates, infants and children under five are also amongst the highest globally, at 34,81 and 109 deaths per 1,000 live deaths respectively. These figures represent the difficulty and challenges women and children face in Sierra Leone in accessing health care. The health care system is characterised with lack of sufficient health care facilities, under resourced healthcare facilities, poor management culture of healthcare facilities, non-existent emergency facilities and poor healthcare practices. .
With 56.8% of the Sierra Leonean population living in poverty, 12.9% of the population living under extreme poverty and the food poverty rate standing at 54.5%, Sierra Leone faces considerable challenges in been able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030.The country ranks 182 out of 189 in the 2020 Global Human Development Index with a Human Development Index of 0.452 and life expectancy 54.7 years.
In Kenema district, the incidence of extreme poverty affects 24.2% of the population, a statistic which is worsened due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which caused widespread loss of livelihoods for rural communities heavily dependent on petty-trading and agriculture.
Boama, a main town in the rural areas of Kenema district with a population of 3,000 inhabitants surrounded with dependent peripheral villages with a total population of 4,000 inhabitants lacks a health care facility. The lack of any health care facility within 11 kilometres of Boama and its surrounding villages has resulted in high mortality rates of its population and ranking as one of the worst communities in terms of access to healthcare services in the district. The closest health facility is a clinic in Faama, a community 11 kilometres away, however with a poor road network, limited access to motorized transportation, high poverty rates this journey over 11 kilometres lasts over an hour. In Boama, women regularly deliver babies on the way to the Faama health clinic.
The project seeks to improve the health and livelihood of the population of Boama and its surrounding communities with particular focus on women and children. By encouraging local resource mobilisation, inhabitants will form solidarity groups called Health Insurance Scheme groups (HIS) which will promote the pooling of resources to cater for costs related to health care.The project will also construct a Women Community Center which will be a health facility and empower the necessary civil society mechanism to ensure its sustainability and appropriate linkages to the wider health infrastructure and services. The health facility will focus on the health of women and children: maternal and infant health, safe births and vaccinations.
Improved access to quality healthcare services and livelihood security
SEND Sierra Leone is non-governmental organization registered with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development of the Republic of Sierra Leone with a vision to contribute to a Sierra Leone where people’s rights and well- being are guaranteed. SEND Sierra Leone is part of a West African structure with a headquarters in Ghana and offices in Liberia and Sierra Leone where approaches and experiences are shared. SEND Sierra Leone is an independent structure, a local NGO registered in Sierra Leone with a local Board, which has its own project portfolio and budget separate from Ghana.
SEND’s portfolio includes community development, WaSH, health, nutrition/agriculture and women’s empowerment. Intervention areas are in the districts of Kailahun, Kenema, Kono, Western Areas Urban, and Rural districts and more recently, the district of Bonthe.