In 2007, Dr Matthew Clark, spent 6 weeks at the Ola During Children’s Hospital in Freetown as a medical student. In response to the high inpatient mortality rate, poor quality of care and the desire expressed by the local doctors for further training and improvements in child health services, Matthew founded Welbodi Partnership, to support the paediatric hospital. Since 2008 Welbodi has worked in partnership with hospital management, health facility staff and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to improve maternal and child health outcomes in the Western Area of Sierra Leone through a range of health system strengthening activities, capacity building and community engagement. Our technical expertise, strong relationships with local stakeholders and participatory approach allow us to deliver projects aligned with local stakeholders’ aims to ensure greater long-term sustainability. Welbodi Partnership supports the Government of Sierra Leone’s aim to reduce maternal and child mortality in the country as outlined in the Health Sector Recovery Framework 2015-2020.
To date, we have worked with Ola During Children’s Hospital, Princess Christian Maternity Hospital, Rokupa Government Hospital and 11 primary health care facilities, including Jenner Wright Community Health Clinic, to improve the quality of care provided to the women and children visiting these facilities as well as building the capacity of the healthcare workers employed by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. Our community work focuses on the urban communities surrounding these health facilities in the densely populated Eastern part of Freetown.
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