Health & Nutrition
We’re committed to high-impact interventions that improve the health, wellbeing, and survival of women, children, and families.
Illnesses that would be easily treated or are uncommon in much of the world continue to cause misery and unnecessary death around the world. Poor nutrition, diarrhea, HIV/AIDS, malaria, anemia, tuberculosis, and complications during childbirth are a few examples. World Hope International (WHI) responds to the scale of the problem by working to strengthen the public health system—alongside clinicians, hospital doctors, physical therapists, community health workers, midwives, teachers, health volunteers, medical students, and others—so the most vulnerable will have access to high quality & affordable healthcare and prevention services.
Widespread misunderstanding of disability complicated by the lack of health care or other public support services makes children with physical and mental disabilities some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Sierra Leone ranks as the worst country in the world for under-5 mortality. 182 out of every 1,000 children in Sierra Leone—almost one in five—die before their fifth birthday.
What we’re doing about it
We focus on serving vulnerable communities who face dire health and nutrition circumstances.
Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance
WHI partners with Emory University, the Gates Foundation and Center for Disease Control in Sierra Leone to implement Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS)—a multi-country, long-term surveillance program targeted at an understanding cause of death in children under five.
Community Health Workers
Alongside UNICEF and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, WHI works with Community Health Workers—the main providers of health services in rural Sierra Leone—in disease surveillance, reproductive health, maternal and child health, and community-based management of malnutrition.
WHI provides ambulances to three hospitals in northern Sierra Leone and liaises with healthcare providers to assist in the transportation of patients, primarily pregnant women. Getting women to the hospital faster has already saved the lives of many women and their babies.
Ukweli Test Strips
In partnership with Lehigh University, WHI trains heath care workers in Sierra Leone in the use of test strips for improving the identification and treatment of urinary tract infections and diabetes.
Mother Support Groups
WHI has trained 2,000 community groups to provide localized education on proper infant and young child feeding practices in order to reduce the number of malnourished children, help them access Vitamin A supplements and deworming medication.
WHI was instrumental in the fight to end the 2014/2015 Ebola (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone. In November 2015, Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free and since then WHI has been working to provide assistance to Ebola survivors through Community Care Centers, education, and more.
The Alpha Project at Kamakwie Wesleyan Hospital in the Northwest region of Sierra Leone—originally initiated by WHI Canada—addresses the serious, extensive issue of malnourishment in hard-to-reach areas. An established inpatient ward helps reduce death rates and improve community outreach on nutritional education.
Support for Medical Students
Initiated by WHI Australia, WHI is providing scholarships to medical and nursing students in Papua New Guinea to address the dire need for health worker and better health care.
In 2017, we celebrated our health and nutrition impact.
to three hospitals, saving the lives of many pregnant women and babies in Sierra Leone.
trained in use of test strips for screening for urinary tract infection and diabetes in Sierra Leone.
in 258 health facilities, 4 nurse training schools and 45 facilitators trained to reduce neonatal mortality in hard-to-reach areas in Sierra Leone.