Looking Back on the Success of 2019: Sierra Leone

As the year, and decade, comes to a close we are overjoyed to share the successes from work in Sierra Leone through our partnership with Project Peanut Butter (PPB).

Sierra Leone Highlights in 2018-19

1. Operating 103 PPB malnutrition clinics for children and women in Pujehun and Western Rural Districts
2. Supplying RUTF for the entire nation, roughly 17,000 cartons annually
3. Developed and distributed supplementary food for malnourished pregnant women
4. Trialed novel RUTF with oat as an added ingredient, which improved recovery by 10%
5. Created jobs for 75 locals who produce therapeutic food and deliver health services
6. Treated over 12,000 children and 3,000 pregnant women
7. Using 100% solar power for operation in Pujehun

 

In partnership with Project Peanut Butter, we have accomplished so much. 
Thank you for supporting this work!

 

The Future: Empowering Mothers

We have made great strides in Sierra Leone, but our work is not done yet! In collaboration with Project Peanut Butter, ECF is helping to empower mothers to understand malnutrition and assess their children’s health at home.

Through our efforts, mothers in the community will be the primary agents of screening and identifying malnutrition in children. Mothers will be equipped to understand when a child needs care and treatment for malnutrition. By bringing children to clinics early, we can treat malnutrition before it is too late.

How will mothers know when their child is malnourished? Mothers will be trained to identify malnutrition by simply measuring the mid-upper arm circumference, also known as MUAC. They will receive the inexpensive MUAC tape to use at home. Mothers can monitor their children at regular intervals, or whenever concerns arise.

In the next 12 months, we will train mothers throughout the Pujehun district to use the MUAC tape and know when to bring a child to a clinic for care.

This program has been developed based on a successful pilot program called “Mothers Understand and Can Do It” in Niger. Research found that mothers who were trained on taking proper MUAC measurements were as effective as home visits from health workers. Training mothers is a more efficient and effective way to ensure that children receive the care they need as early as possible. This increases the survival rate and decreases the overall cost of care. Support our efforts here.

Impact Report: Sierra Leone

In 2018 the Sierra Leone Project has expanded to a 3rd base of operation in the Western Rural District.  

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Highlights of the growth from 2017 to 2018 include…

Clinics established: 48 in 2017 has grown to 88 in 2018

Children enrolled each week in treatment:  80 in 2017 has grown to 110 in 2018

Malnourished pregnant women receiving care and treatment to have healthy babies: 251 in 2017 has grown to 1250 in 2018

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the growth of this important life-saving work!

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To learn more about our work in Sierra Leone click here.

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