The advocacy work of Sierra Leone’s First Lady, Sia Nyama Koroma has attracted donors from Global Healing, Architecture for Humanity and International Rotary Groups.
A joint mission team comprising of Global Healing, Architecture for Humanity and International Rotary Groups, visited the First Lady at her Presidential Lodge Office to inform her about their plans to help in the health sector.
The team are here to help the First Lady with her Women Initiative for Safer Health (WISH) project and the construction of a hospital of excellence in Mattru Jong.
The team explained that they became attracted to the First Lady through her advocacy work which she has been championing for better health for women and under five children.
They commended the First Lady for her leadership role and for her continued advocacy work.
In response, First Lady whole heartily welcomed the joint team and considered the visit as an achievement in the development of Sierra Leone. She added that her travelling overseas was to advocate for Sierra Leonean women and children to have better health facilities.
The mission team from Global Healing which comprises of its President Luke Ryan Ifland, Ann Donengan an anaesthesiologist at San Francisco Medical Centre and Ronald Newton-a Clinical Scientist from Reno, Nevada will conduct a needs assessment survey to ascertain the current status and needs related to blood banking development. The primary focus of Global Healing is to determine the level of assistance they could leverage at the Mattru Jong hospital with the intent of upgrading existing facilities, transforming Mattru health care centre to a highly effective care and referral hospital.
Architecture for Humanity team consists of Dr Kathleen Marie West, a public health professional with expertise in environmentally at-risk families. Her organization is doing a site assessment on issues related to the development of a birth waiting home, construction of Women Health Resource Centre and the First Lady initiative to renovate the Mattru Jong hospital. The International Rotary Groups team consist of Mr Lee Christian Sorensen who will lend their support to Sierra Leone’s Free Health Care initiative launched by President Koroma. Mr Sorensen would explore existing interests and extend an outreach support from International Rotary Groups in the United States and Canada with the aim of galvanizing their multi-prolonged support for Sierra Leone’s health care sector.
By Abibatu Kamara