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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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Support the Raise the Roof Crowdfunding Campaign

Support the Raise the Roof Crowdfunding Campaign

We can all agree that no woman should have to walk for hours to reach a health care facility, especially when she is in labor. However, this is commonplace in rural Sierra Leone where RHCI has been working.
There’s never been a better time to support RHCI. The walls

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Outreach Motorbike Clinic Brings Health Care to Villages

Outreach Motorbike Clinic Brings Health Care to Villages

Walking for miles with a sick child to reach health care is the reality for families in rural Sierra Leone.  Since October 2015, RHCI has partnered with the local Tikonko Community Health Center to bring health care to villages in the Tikonko Chiefdom each Friday.  During each outreach clinic, 30

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Gary and Sandra Johnson Providing Care in Tikonko

Gary and Sandra Johnson Providing Care in Tikonko

Stitching up serious lacerations, caring for a man with a bad dog bite to the foot, treating a woman with a breast abscess, cleaning and dressing wounds and  ulcers…..these are the types of health problems presenting to Dr. Johnson in Tikonko.  Working with his wife Sandra assisting, he provides much

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Children of Tikonko are Happy to Receive Books

Children of Tikonko are Happy to Receive Books

Over 1000 children’s books were donated by generous RHCI supporters in early 2016, then shipped by container in March, arriving in late May in Sierra Leone. The books were distributed to three schools in Tikonko by RHCI Founder and Board member Alice Karpeh, Board Member Dr. Gary Johnson and his

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The Walls of the Birth Waiting Home are Coming Up!!!

The Walls of the Birth Waiting Home are Coming Up!!!

Ant’s Construction workers are busily at work building the foundation and walls of the long-anticipated Birth Waiting Home.  Saving the lives of pregnant women by bringing them close to health care is the goal of the project.  Designed by Gauri Kelkar, Masters of Architecture at the U of MN, as

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