Cultural Beliefs Hinder Treatment

Cultural Beliefs Hinder Medical Treatment The concept of late presentation of patients to hospital is a never-ending phenomenon at Hatfield Archer Memorial hospital and in fact, it gets worsen each year. The socioeconomic, cultural believes and the high rate of illiteracy are factors always eating deep into the minds of people in their communities. Each time we received a critical patient (most of which are children), we put up our utmost best to make sure that patient survives. This is not only because we want to fulfill our responsibility of saving lives, but to also prove to these communities that

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Rice Prices Increase Again

Rice Prices Increase Again As we have reported in previous newsletters, as part of the Madonna Program, Mission of Hope provides a 12.5 kg bag of rice to a new mother when she is discharged from the Rotifunk Hospital after giving birth and another 12.5 kg bag of rice at her 6 week check up.  In addition, Madonna patients are provided 2 meals per day while in the Hospital and rice is always on the menu.  Thus, the Hospital is in the business of buying rice, the staple of all meals in Sierra Leone. Unfortunately, the reality is that the

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Hernia Surgery Changes Lives

Hernia Surgery Saves Lives A generous donor provided a generous grant to enable the Rotifunk Hospital staff, along with staff brought in from other hospitals, to perform more than 140 inguinal hernia repairs in September and October for male swamp rice farmers who live along the Bumpeh District, downriver from Rotifunk.  Nearly 70% of all employed individuals in Sierra Leone work in agriculture and the work of swamp rice farmers, in particular, involves extremely strenuous manual labor due to the nature of the physical maintenance of the crops.  In recent surveys, one in five farmers are unable to work at

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Predictable Power for Patients

Predictable Power for Patients No water…or no sanitation…or no power…equals no hospital.  All these infrastructure heavyweights take a back seat to the primary focus of patient care at the hospital at Rotifunk…unless they’re not available. A reliable power supply is a necessary and fundamental part of the success of the hospital. Haugesund Rotifunk, a Norwegian-based philanthropic organization dedicated to the well being of the hospital, took on the huge task of providing reliable solar power.  Solar power is a relatively new technology to Sierra Leone, and the installation at Rotifunk turns out to be one of the largest in the

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“Letting Girls Be Girls”

For the last six months Rotifunk Hospital, using a grant from Peace With Justice, has had an exciting new pilot program called “Letting Girls Be Girls”. Hassanatu, an energetic female health educator, has begun this program with great success. Girls 14 to 17 years of age are being educated on measures to avoid unwanted pregnancies, family planning for teen moms, personal hygiene, and sanitation to combat infectious diseases. Currently 83 girls are enrolled in the program. Hassanatu has traveled to schools and neighboring villages as well as holding classes at the hospital, always met with growing numbers of young girls

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