Catholic Health Network to Be Formed in Sierra Leone

Vicki MiddletonHealth systems strengthening

Sierra Leone has Catholic Hospitals and clinics throughout the country.  The mission of these facilities is to provide healthcare for the most vulnerable and needy. Recently, the Bishops Council in Sierra Leone made a decision to form a Catholic Health Network. The purpose of the network will be to better coordinate services among the facilities.

Similar networks operate in Liberia and Ghana. The National Catholic Health Service of Ghana and the National Catholic Health Council of Liberia work to ensure all facilities speak with one voice and that services reach those most in need.

Fr. Peter Konteh, Executive-Director of Caritas-Freetown discussed the formation of the network in Sierra Leone recently on EWTN. He explained that by forming a network facilities will become more sustainable and improve the quality of care. In addition, best practices can be developed. Finally, a network will allow the facilities to access funding from larger donor organizations. 

HealeyIRF will work closely with the Catholic Bishops in Sierra Leone on this project.