In April 2018, four health facilities supported in the HealeyIRF Charity Health Network were the subject of a needs assessment administered by Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment). Project C.U.R.E. serves to identify, solicit, collect, sort and distribute medical supplies and services according to needs across the world. In doing so, they have reached patients, families and children in 130 countries. Their comprehensive needs assessment was administered at two clinics in the Western Urban area of Sierra Leone, St. Anthony’s Clinic and Stella Maris Clinic and two clinics in the Western Rural area, Monsignor Sullivan Clinic and Christ the King Hospital.
Through the assessment we were able to focus on expert opinion of what equipment and supplies was necessary to better improve the healthcare services provided in our Charity Health Network. All the facilities requested delivery equipment, such as O2 Concentrator or tank, Doppler, and infant scales, as their top need from the Project C.U.R.E. team, represented in Sierra Leone by Danielle Walters, Director of Field Training. While their requests were duly noted in the assessment, Walters listed much more than just delivery equipment, with equipment needs ranging from sphygmomanometers to irrigation kits. The assessment included needs for supplies like gloves, linens, scrubs, etc. and even took note of administrative needs like cabinets, bulletin boards, privacy screens, and trash cans.
The assessment served as an excellent opportunity to pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of these four health facilities. Our long-standing partnership with Caritas-Freetown has helped us to secure and support many of the clinics in Sierra Leone. There is also something to be said about HealeyIRF’s extensive experience importing and strong in-country logistics. Moving forward, we are also able to better understand the resources made available by Project C.U.R.E., such as training programs and education for medical staff.
We are incredibly appreciative of the Project C.U.R.E. team and look forward to using this analysis to help strengthen healthcare in Sierra Leone.