Sierra Leone: Tackling maternal and child mortality in Hangha hospital
Sierra Leone’s maternal and child mortality rates are among the highest in the world. More than 1,300 mothers die per 100,000 live births and around 109 children are dying per 1,000 live births respectively.
An already fragile health system, and a dire lack of health workers, caused in part by the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak, have also led to a drastic rise in the number of deaths among children under five.
Since 2017, MSF continues to contribute to the recovery of the health system after the Ebola outbreak that devastated the country and combat the high mortality rates among pregnant women and children.
Hangha hospital, part of MSF’s Kenema project in east Sierra Leone, opened in March 2019 providing emergency medical care to children under five.
Since opening over 16,000 children have been triaged in its emergency room, with over 9,600 admitted to its emergency department.