Health and Nutrition
As World Hope International works around the world to help alleviate poverty, suffering and injustice, the majority of vulnerable communities we serve face dire situations in the areas of health and nutrition. Below, please find details on some of WHI’s Health and Nutrition programs currently in action.
To learn more about WHI’s current health and nutrition efforts, read the 2016 Health and Nutrition Annual Report.
Enable the Children
Many children in Sierra Leone are born with or acquire mental or physical disabilities in their early years of life due to the scarcity and expense of child health services. Unfortunately, due to cultural beliefs and lack of education, many of these disabled children are rejected, abandoned and considered “the devil, a snake in a human body” by their communities. To help families learn to love and properly care for their disabled children, WHI’s Enable the Children (ETC) program has provided much-needed therapy and support services to over 1,000 children living with disabilities in Freetown, Sierra Leone. ETC helps families provide at-home care to children and works to provide specialized equipment, surgeries, training and other health and caregiving services to improve the lives of these disabled children.
Learn more here.
Maternal and Child Health
Sierra Leone is ranked among the worst countries in the world for under-five mortality. Each year, 16 percent of Sierra Leonean children die before their fifth birthday, compared to just .7 percent in the United States. Of those 9,430 annual deaths, 19 percent occur during the first day of life. To address these dire statistics, World Hope International is implementing multiple programs to aid in maternal and child health care in Sierra Leone. From a program aimed to help newborns take their first breath, to a program supporting breastfeeding mothers, WHI is helping to reduce the rate of infant, child and maternal deaths.
Support for Hospitals
Functioning, clean and safe hospitals are vital to a country’s health advancement. Since 1996, World Hope International has been involved in numerous efforts to improve hospital conditions in the countries in which we work. From providing infrastructure developments and generators to Zimba Mission Hospital in Zambia to building and financially supporting the Wesleyan nursing school in Haiti, to financing salaries and supplies and equipment at Kamakwie Wesleyan Hospital in Sierra Leone to keep staff employed, World Hope International believes in the importance of improving hospitals to improve the overall health of an entire country.
Currently, WHI’s hospital improvement work is focused around our Ebola prevention and treatment efforts in Sierra Leone. For example, WHI, in partnership with General Electric and Project HOPE, provided four Clinics in a Can(CIC) to remote regions of Northern Sierra Leone. Retrofitted with solar power and operated by Kamakwie Wesleyan Hospital and the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health, these 20-foot CIC’s operate off the grid and provide much needed healthcare access to more than 10,000 people.
In addition, WHI, with funding from UKAID, was able to transform and help re-open the Makeni Government Hospital in Sierra Leone, which was originally declared unsafe and shut down in December 2014 due to poor infrastructure and a lack of infectious disease education among staff. Please visit the Ebola section of this website to find out more about our Ebola efforts.
In 2016, WHI coordinated the delivery of medicines and supplies to 38 health centers in Sierra Leone. One of these deliveries involved two technologically advanced ultrasound machines that were donated by General Electric (GE) to Kamakwie Wesleyan Hospital and Masanaa Hospital. WHI also drilled 16 borehole wells in health centers and hospitals to provide access to clean water.
West Africa Ebola Outbreak / Post-Ebola Efforts
World Hope International was instrumental in the fight to end the 2014/2015 Ebola (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone. WHI has been operating in Sierra Leone since 1996, fostering an expansive network of rural communities, which helped to tackle the outbreak at a local level. As one of the largest US-based NGOs working in Sierra Leone during the outbreak, WHI partnered with the Ministry of Health, CDC, UNICEF, UKAID and others to fight the disease on many fronts – from turning trucks into ambulances, to setting up isolation units, to flying a Registered Nurse from the US to Freetown to train health workers, to helping with burials and delivering food, to providing care for shunned survivors, to creating and maintaining Community Care Centers, the team on the ground worked tirelessly to fight the disease.
In November 2015, Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free and since then WHI has been working to provide assistance to Ebola survivors. This includes continuing to train healthcare workers on proper sanitation and infectious disease techniques to prevent another outbreak. Additionally, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, World Health Organization, with support from the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors Bombali, Case Management and Psychosocial Pillars from the DERC, WHI opened EVD Survivor Static and Mobile Clinics in the Bombali District of Sierra Leone, which provides acute care and ongoing management to EVD survivors.
Learn more about World Hope International’s Ebola efforts.
In Sierra Leone and Haiti, World Hope International has worked extensively with HIV/AIDS prevention. In both countries, with support from the Presidential Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), WHI created a network of partnerships with community-based organizations (CBOs). These networks of partnerships helped to effectively implement HIV/AIDS prevention programming, provide counseling and testing services through mobile and freestanding clinics, extend care to orphans and vulnerable children, and provide care and support to people living with HIV/AIDS. WHI is also working to make HIV test kits available at all health centers to test for HIV in malnourished children, as HIV infection can often be a cause of malnutrition.