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

Thank you to everyone

Traditional Birth Attendants in front of the new Birth Waiting Home in Tikonko
As Rural Health Care Initiative pauses to reflect on 2017 we are grateful for many things, including our many donors and the support they have shown. Because of our supporters and their encouragement, RHCI  has made much progress this past year.

RHCI’s major Sierra Leone accomplishments in 2017

  1. Construction of Birth Waiting Home  in Tikonko completed, set to open in January, with Ribbon Cutting ceremony on January 13th, 2018.
  2. More than 2500 children and adults treated at the Outreach Motorbike clinics
  3. Fifty community health care workers received training in January
  4. Gary Johnson provided medical care to hundreds of people in great need
  5. The RHCI Toyota Hilux transported many people, including RHCI staff and people in need of more advance medical care
  6. The remote village health clinics of Kassama and Sebehun were added to RHCI’s system of monthly clinic support (medications and medical supplies)
  7. The nutrition/farming program advanced with formation of a Farm-based organization, introduction of PICS storage bags, planting fruit trees and a huge vegetable garden.
  8. RHCI now has six amazing hard-working in-country staff members

Minnesotans planning to attend the Birth Waiting Home Opening Ceremony include RHCI Board members Alice Karpeh and Carol Nelson (possibly Gary Johnson too),  as well as Lahai Ansumana and Pastor Neil Craigan from First Presbyterian Church in White Bear Lake.  This event will be an important milestone for the organization.

Here in the USA, we are blessed with abundance. At this time of year, we hope you will consider a gift to RHCI to further its work among the people with the greatest health needs in the world.

Carol Nelson

Executive Director

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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