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Dr. Gary Johnson (“Joe Tikonko”) returns to Minnesota

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

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Taste of Africa II Draws Large Crowd

Taste of Africa II Draws Large Crowd

The Taste of Africa II was well attended on March 26, 2017 with over 200 people enjoying the food from the following African restaurants or vendors:  Afro Deli, Flamingo Restaurant, Dichi’s  Kitchen, and Kumba Senesie catering.
Over $20,000 was successfully raised which will fund the completion of the Birth Waiting

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Update on construction of the Tikonko Birth Waiting Home

Update on construction of the Tikonko Birth Waiting Home

As of Feb. 15, 2017 the beautiful blue roof is completed as well as the ceilings, electrical wiring, windows and doors. The walls are being plastered. Next will be the tiling of the floors, priming and painting, completing the bathrooms and latrine.
Before opening, a separate triage building

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Scenes from Tikonko 2017

Scenes from Tikonko 2017

These  pictures are from the recent visit of Dr. Carol Nelson.  Included are scenes from the Birth Waiting Home construction, community meetings, residents of Tikonko Chiefdom, and the training program for the Community Health Workers.

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News from Tikonko by Carol Nelson

News from Tikonko by Carol Nelson

January 20, 2017
Carol Nelson’s Report from Tikonko for the Website;
Having returned from Sierra Leone on January 18, I wish to share with you the outstanding work that RHCI is doing in the Tikonko Chiefdom, and the work still to be done.
Arriving in Tikonko on Friday,

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Stories from Tikonko by Gary Johnson

Stories from Tikonko by Gary Johnson

RHCI board member Gary Johnson MD, MPH and his wife, Sandra, arrived in Tikonko in early May 2016. For 6 months they lived in the village, working to advance RHCI’s mission. While they have been in the USA recently, Gary will be leaving for Sierra Leone again on December 16,

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Video from Tikonko

Video from Tikonko

You don’t want to miss viewing this video, from Tikonko, which tells about RHCI’s work and the building of the Birth Waiting Home. Thank you to Gary Johnson and others for their many hours of work on it.

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Board Chair Carol Nelson is Helping Babies Breathe

Board Chair Carol Nelson is Helping Babies Breathe

“Helping Babies Breathe:” RHCI Volunteer Dr. Carol Nelson completed the HBB course (developed by American Academy of Pediatrics) with this group of dedicated health care providers. Thank you to Cincinnati Children’s for offering the HBB training. Through RHCI, Dr. Nelson will be teaching “Helping Babies Breathe” to health care workers

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