Advance # 15173A
Providing a hospital and community based healthcare
Background / History
In Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world, 1 in 5 children die before they celebrate their 5th birthday. Only 200 doctors serve a population of nearly 6 million inhabitants and access to health care can be limited by geographical location and ability to pay.
Since opening in October 2007, Mercy Hospital has provided care to an average of 700 patients per month with its trained and dedicated medical staff, a research laboratory, and a fully stocked pharmacy. Mercy's reach extends beyond the hospital and into the surrounding villages through the community outreach and education programs it offers.
Goals & Objectives
Mercy Hospital's mission is to achieve a measurable and sustainable decrease in the infant and maternal mortality rates in Sierra Leone by providing holistic, community focused care, regardless of ability to pay.
Mercy Hospital's Nutrition Clinics offer locally produced nutritional food supplements for malnourished children, and make referrals to the hospital when necessary. Mercy has enrolled more than 1200 children under five years old in its Nutrition Program.
Mercy Hospital's Prenatal Care Program provides comprehensive prenatal and post-partum care to women, both at the hospital and in the neighboring villages. The prenatal outreach team works collaboratively with community based health care workers and village midwives to increase the availability of trained attendants at deliveries outside the hospital. More than 500 women pregnant women received care in the Prenatal Care program in 2012.
- Provide continuing education resources to hospital staff through volunteer medical mission teams
- Measurably reduce the infant and maternal mortality rates through increased prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of common illnesses
- Expand health care beyond the hospital's walls through continued provision of community-based primary health care in the surrounding villages
- Test and treat children and adults for malaria, and continue to promote malaria prevention strategies
- Treat and prevent malnutrition in children under five years old in the Bo region
Health will be improved and many lives will be saved. This will help the town of Bo and the surrounding communities to prosper and reduce the number of orphans and widows. United Methodist churches in Bo will grow as the UMC's witness for Jesus inspires the community to know Christ.
1. In 2010 over 10,000 served (inpatient and outpatient).
2. 3200 people in remote villages will have access to malaria treatement and prevention.
3. 200 people will receive training in HIV awareness and share this training with another 800 for a total of 1,000 reached
4. 10,000 patients will have acess to freely running water from the new well during their hospital stay.
5. Attendance at Mercy's prenatal clinic will increase by 20%.
6. A final proposal for a collborative CBPHC program betweeen Mercy and Manjama will be drafted.
Budget & Financial Information
|Annual Advance Financial Goal
|Local Financial Support
|Grants & Corporate Giving
|Partner Church Support
|Mercy In Country Personnel
|Drugs & Clearing Costs
|Logistics, Vehicle, Generator
|Management & Communications
|Mercy General & Admin Expenses
|Mercy Local Medical Expenses
- Community Development and Meeting Basic Needs
- Community Health Buildings and Health Vehicles
- Disabled/Handicapped and Special Needs
- Diseases and Viruses
- Global Health
- Health & Nutrition Education, Hygiene, Nursing, Drugs, Diseases, Natural Medicines, Infant Mortality
- Health Care Workers and Volunteers
- Health Screenings, Medical Outreach, Medical Emergencies
- Health-Related Buildings, Hospitals, Clinics, Counseling Centers, Hospices, Nursing Homes
- Health-Related Transportation, Ambulances, Health Vans
- HIV/AIDS, Venereal Diseases/Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Hunger and Meal Programs
- Medical Care
- Medicines, Immunizations, Vaccinations, Health Materials
- Pediatrics, Family Planning, Teenage Pregnancy, Maternity
- Persons Who Are Hospitalized, Sick, Patients
- Persons With Low-Income, Unemployed, or Poor
- Rural Health
- Rural Populations
- Rural Poverty
- Sierra Leone
- Teenage Mothers
- Urban Poverty
- Urban/Inner City Health
- Urban/Inner City Populations
- Victims/Survivors of Abuse, Violence, and War
- Youth and Young Adults
Global Ministries Contact
Global Ministries Program Area
International Health & Development