Rural Health Care Initiative
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Dr. Gary Johnson (“Joe Tikonko”) returns to Minnesota

Dr. Gary Johnson, known locally in Tikonko as “Joe Tikonko” has returned to Minnesota after living most of the past year in Tikonko.  RHCI appreciates all the work he and his wife Sandra have done to help the people of Tikonko, including medical care, relationship building, developing RHCI’s programs, and overseeing the construction site.

View a 2 minute 30 second collage of drone shots from the Rural Health Care Initiative’s birth waiting home in Tikonko Chiefdom, Southern Province, rural Sierra Leone. The footage was taken in early March by Dr. Gary Johnson:


Pictured above left:  Dr. Turay (the District Medical Officer), Manley Jongopie, RHCI’s in-country director, and Dr. Gary Johnson;  Above Middle:  Dr. Johnson with village chief from Sebehun;  Above Right:  Dr. Johnson holding the gift of a chicken from a grateful family.

Watch for reports from “Joe Tikonko” in this website soon, along with more pictures

Carol Nelson

Board Chair

Carol Nelson MD is a retired physician from the U of MN Boynton Health Women's Clinic and St. Paul Primary Care Clinic with 38 years of primary care experience. In 2013, 2015 and December 2016-January 2017, she traveled to Tikonko in Sierra Leone. During the recent trip, she facilitated a Helping Babies Breathe training session for the Traditional Birth Attendants in Tikonko Chiefdom. Dr. Nelson is currently pursuing her Master's of Public Health at the U of MN School of Public Health, with a focus on Global Health.

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