Rural Health Care Initiative
  • Partnering with Sierra Leone to save lives

Nearing completion of Birth Waiting Home

As of June 4, 2017, the Birth Waiting Home (BWH) complex in Tikonko, Sierra Leone is in its final stages of construction. Currently the construction team, under contractor Sampson Tommy, is building the latrine, water tower and triage building.

Meanwhile, back in Minnesota, the BWH committee is working on the policies, job descriptions, operational plans and staffing.  These will be reviewed by the Tikonko RHCI Project Committee (local Tikonko Chiefdom leaders) before being implemented.  See picture of Committee on the upper left.

A monitoring and evaluation plan is taking shape with the outcomes and impact of the BWH available to stakeholders in the future.

The funding for the BWH furnishings and equipment is progressing well due to donors to the Mother's Day Appeal. The Father's Day Appeal donations will also be used for furnishing and equipping the building.

RHCI gratefully thanks everyone for their generous support.

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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