Sa Leone Health Pride

Sa Leone Health Pride (SLHP) is a non-profit organization founded in 2004. The geographic focus of SLHP's activities are in Sierra Leone and other West African countries. Education is the organization's primary strategy for helping to reduce maternal / fetal mortality rate in this region. The "Each One Teach One" model will be used to empower and educate healthcare workers, women, mothers and the community.
2011-2012 supported by grant from Orange County Community Foundation : $37,640.00.

Why We Exist

Sierra Leone has an infant mortality rate exceeding those of most developing countries. 181 infants out of every 1000 die before their first birthday. Underfive death rate  is 269 per 1000 live births.  860 pregnant women out of every 100,000 die because of complications of pregnancy or childbirth. Skilled birth attendants attend to only 41.7% of all deliveries (US Census Bureau, International Data Base). It is widely believed that there is a high correlation between the rates of infant/ maternal mortality due to pregnancy complications and information /education of pregnant women and mothers. Sa Leone Health Pride was established to strengthen the knowledge base of health care providers, pregnant women and mothers in an effort to reducing maternal and infant mortality rates. Strengthening the knowledge base of health care providers will have a positive impact on the health and well being of mothers and the community. The proposed "Each One Teach One" seminars will be conducted in strategic locations based on access and needs. Educational opportunities will be available to all health care workers in Sierra Leone and other West African Countries; and every effort will be made to support their attendance. Sa Leone Health Pride will operate through a board comprising of health care professionals, management, consulting professionals, and other interested Sierra Leoneans.

Background Information / Statement of Problem

Major obstacles to child survival in Sierra Leone and other developing countries in the world are infectious diseases like malaria, cholera, HIV/ AIDS, parasitic diseases, malnutrition and the risks associated with low birth weight and high fertility due to unprotected sex. The most significant person in the life of the young child is the child's mother. It stands to reason that the children of mothers who have an understanding of how to provide good nutrition and health care to their children stand a significantly greater chance of survival during the first three years of life. According to a press release by the UNICEF on October 2005, in Sierra Leone there is one doctor or community health officer for every 31, 300 inhabitants. In Freetown, the capital city there is one doctor or community health officer to every 26,500 inhabitant. Koinadugu district in the Northern Province has only a Para-medic for every 226, 000 inhabitants. "Each one Teach one" was created in 2005. As a pilot program it had an overwhelming acceptance, and large turnouts of health care providers in Freetown and Bo, where attendees came from various towns and villages to attend the workshop. "Each one Teach one" gained national attention. Sa Leone Health Pride lacked the necessary financial resource to meet the demand for its services. Initially operated at only two cities; "Each one Teach one" is expected to be adopted as a national mandatory program. The emphasis of Sa Leone Health Pride has been exclusively on providing educational information and materials to local health care providers to help improve public health practices. So far, Sa Leone Health Pride has been funded by the efforts of the Board members to operate the "Each one Teach one" program as a central theme for providing of public health practices and educational materials to villages in Sierra Leone.