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Welcome Ron, RHCI’s new Executive Director

The RHCI Board is pleased to announce the hiring of Ron Lattin as the first part-time paid Executive Director. Ron comes to RHCI with many years of work in the nonprofit field including work with the African Development Community and his current position as Development Director at Youth Performance Company. RHCI looks forward to working with Ron to further our plans and mission.

Ebola Outbreak Update

With the first case reported in May of 2014, the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone continues. Starting in the Eastern Province, near Guinea and Liberia, the outbreak has spread to nearly every region of the country. At the time of this writing (November 2),

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The Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone is part of the largest outbreak in history.  Lack of basic health care in this poor West African country contributes to the spread of Ebola.

Update from Tikonko

RHCI continues to monitor the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in Sierra Leone.  As of the date of this writing (August 16), no known cases have occurred in Tikonko town or its surrounding villages.  However, the city of Bo (8 miles north of Tikonko) reports over 20 cases.  Tikonko and Bo are located in the Southern Province.  The Eastern Province, where the Ebola treatement center in Kenema is located, has experienced the earliest and largest number of infected patients.

Second Annual Bowling Fundraiser

The August 14th Bowling Fundraiser for the Birth Waiting Home was a fun evening for everyone.  Eleven teams with 45 participants competed for two trophies at Elsie's in Minneapolis.

Upcoming Trip Canceled Due to Ebola Outbreak

We regret to report that RHCI volunteers Kathryn Carver and Carol Nelson cancelled their August trip to Tikonko due to the worsening of the Ebola outbreak. On July 31, Sierra Leone's President Koroma declared a health emergency for the entire country, instituting measures to contain the spread of the deadly virus. On the same day, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, GA increased the travel warning to its highest level for Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

2nd Annual RHCI Bowling Event

Proceeds go towards helping to build the new Birth Waiting Center. So get those team names and costumes together, and get ready for an evening of fun, laughs, and a good cause! Even if you have never bowled (last year was Alice Karpeh’s first time!), you can participate. Awards will be given to highest scoring team and the team that does the best fundraising for the event.

Summer Update: A Year of Progress and Hope

The Rural Health Care Initiative Board and volunteer staff are pleased to report significant progress during the fiscal year July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 both in Sierra Leone and Minnesota.  Major accomplishments include:

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