Sierra Leoneans are faced with one of the most dire healthcare systems in the world. Ranked 183 out of 187 on the UNDP Human Development Index, Sierra Leone battles to rise above the devastation left after the decade long civil war, Ebola and cholera outbreaks and torrential flooding. The population contends with chronic unemployment, high maternal and infant mortality, illiteracy, malnutrition and malaria. With only 40% having access to clean drinking water, management of water-borne diseases is nearly impossible.
Healey International Relief Foundation currently supports four hospitals and ten clinics throughout Sierra Leone. Known as the Charity Health Network, these healthcare facilities are making an impact. For example, maternal care has significantly improved at the Monsignor Daniel Sullivan Health Clinic in Newton. With trained medical staff, needed equipment and reliable access to medical supplies, the Monsignor Dan Clinic is providing trusted and safe healthcare services. Due to high demand, plans are already underway to build a maternity ward and pharmacy.
The geography of Sierra Leone proves to be a difficult landscape and many cannot reach a clinic. Operating a mobile health unit our partner, Caritas Freetown, delivers free healthcare and offers psychosocial services, medicines, referrals and community educational programs and training. HealeyIRF supports the mobile clinic by providing medicines and medical supplies. Targeting 40 vulnerable communities throughout the Western District, the mobile health unit clinic brings services to people who were unreachable. Making healthcare resources more accessible and helping people understand the importance of seeing a doctor or medical professional is a vital step in rebuilding trust and improving the healthcare system in Sierra Leone.
Additional clinics and expanded services will be added to the Charity Health Network with a total of 30 facilities to be included in the nationwide network. Prior to the 11-year Sierra Leone civil war (1991-2002), the Catholic Archdiocese managed over 48 health care clinics; however, like so many other organizations in the country, throughout the course of the civil war, buildings were destroyed and this vital health care infrastructure wiped out. Restoring this valuable resource to the people of Sierra Leone is the goal of the Charity Health Network.
Current Facilities in Network
- Serabu Hospital, Serabu – Southern Province
- St. John of God Hospital, Lunsar – Northern Province
- Holy Spirit Hospital, Makeni – Northern Province
- Panguma Hospital, Panguma – Eastern Province
- Msgr. Daniel Sullivan Health Center, Newton – Western Area Rural
- Stella Maris Clinic, Juba/Freetown – Western Area Urban
- St. Anthony Clinic for the Poor, Freetown – Western Area Urban
- St. Mary’s Clinic, Moriba Town – Southern Province
- St. John of God Clinic, Lunsar – Northern Province
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Clinic, Mile 91 – Northern Province
- Caritas Mobile Health Clinic, Freetown – Western Area Urban
- Mother Teresa Clinic, Kissy – Western Area Urban
- Handmaids Pendembu Clinic, Pendembu – Eastern District
- Potoru Community Health Center, Potoru – Southern District