Maternity Wing

BLF's mission is to provide free, quality medical care to those in need. The foundation focuses on fostering healthcare independence, self-sufficiency, and sustainable structures, while also working to enhance sanitation, hygiene, and access to clean water.
Annually, between 250,000 and 343,000 women globally die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, most of which are preventable. The risk for children is also significant; a child whose mother dies in childbirth is 3-10 times more likely to die before the age of two. Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world, with 1,300 deaths per 100,000 live births, starkly contrasting with the UK’s 9 deaths per 100,000 live births.

Less than 15% of Sierra Leone’s population are currently served by fewer than 500 midwives. To meet the country's needs, the government requires 3,000 midwives and is actively working to improve midwifery education. However, efforts are hampered by challenges such as inadequate collaboration with hospitals and a shortage of clinical instructors.

Our research and experience have underscored the importance of promoting gender equality. Our dedicated social workers and nurses at the hospital address a range of critical health issues, including:
  • Malaria, tuberculosis, hypertension, diabetes, and malnourished children.
  • Combating female genital mutilation (FGM).
  • Reducing risks during childbirth.
  • Tackling teenage pregnancy.
  • Training future nurses.
BLF’s Outreach Program extends these efforts into villages and schools, focusing on:
  • Combating FGM
  • Tackling teenage pregnancy
  • Supporting mental health
  • Addressing sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Preventing child marriages
  • Promoting sexual health and contraception
  • Combating sexual and gender-based violence
  • Educating about consent and rape prevention
  • Raising awareness through local girls' football teams
In 14 years’, we have treated over 15,786 women with Gynae and Paediatric Consultations of which 1,733 were malnourished babies and toddlers.

With a strong track record in healthcare delivery, and outreach programme, BLF aims to prevent maternal deaths in the district, provide high-quality medical treatment, expand YSH’s services and impact Gender Equality.

Phase One Maternity Unit:

Currently, the unit provides safe pregnancy care to the local population by following national guidelines for antenatal care, identifying common pregnancy-related complications, offering labour care for normal deliveries, and providing basic postnatal care.

The proposed 24-hour maternity unit is staffed by trained MCHA health workers and an experienced midwife. The existing infrastructure includes an outpatient department, inpatient ward, and basic equipment for resuscitating mothers and babies. Complicated cases are referred to Magbaruka Government Hospital, approximately 4-5 hours away, with training focused on safely holding patients until transfer.

Once sufficient capacity and surgical personnel are available, services such as C-sections will be offered at YSH.

Phase Two Maternity Wing:

We aim to construct and develop a neonatal and maternity wing to provide high-quality, free healthcare and address the high rates of maternal and infant mortality in Sierra Leone.

This new wing will operate 24/7, staffed by trained health workers and midwives. As an extension of YSH, it will feature an outpatient department, labour ward, birthing room, operating theatre, and essential emergency and resuscitation equipment for mothers and infants.

Additionally, the wing will offer phototherapy, oxygen, and blood storage and transfusion services—critical for saving lives. By collaborating with Peripheral Health Units (PHUs), the wing will serve as the local referral centre, reducing the need for the 4–5-hour journey to Magbaruka Government Hospital.

Phase Three Teaching Capacity:

We aim to enhance our teaching capacity at YSH to ensure the sustainability of our work and empower both domestic and international healthcare professionals.

Our goal is to develop a postgraduate training program in midwifery, obstetrics, gynaecology, and neonatology, with the aim of achieving university accreditation.

This program will be crucial in training the staff needed to provide maternal and infant care in Sierra Leone and strengthen the country's health systems.

Training and Education Proposal

Following our November 2022 meeting, we propose allocating a senior trained midwife to provide training and clinical support.

This midwife will help develop familiarity with guidelines and protocols and train MCHAs in:
1. Antenatal care
2. Intrapartum care
3. Postnatal care
We believe we can make this dream a reality with your support. Our initial goal is to raise £660,000 to build the dental teaching hospital.

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