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£1,300raised of £200 target by 51 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,300 to help fund day to day costs of patients and their parents on a children's ward in rural hospital in Sierra Leone.

    Moyamba, Southern Province, Sierra Leone
    Funded on Sunday, 8th October 2017

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    I'm working in a hospital in Sierra Leone to train the nurses, its a sustainable project being funded by the RCPCH and WHO so its a legit programme. The problem is, well Sierra Leone has many problems but the problem in the hospital is that theres no money. For reasons way above understanding there are problems with the supply chain of 'essential medications' as laid out by WHO. We regularly have none of the first line antibiotics to give to sick children, we have no adrenaline for our resuscitations, we have no NG tubes. We send parents out to the pharmacy outside the hospital to buy these things which should be provided for free for under 5 year olds but the hospital just doesn't have them.
    On top of that the hospital has no money, For the past 2 weeks there have been no meals provided by the hospital, these were nothing amazing just basic rice and green stew but it meant the children and their mothers ate at least 1 decent meal a day. For breastfeeding mothers this is so important, today 2 mothers had to take their babies home who i wanted to keep on IV antibiotics but because they had no food, mums milk was drying up and the babies were losing weight.
    If a child needs a transfer as its something too serious for our little hospital to deal with they have to catch the public shared taxis as there is no ambulance. Well theres an ambulance but theres no fuel. The cost of this transfer often puts parents off going to seek further medical help that their child desperately needs. I've had to send a child with a trauma on a bus to have an X ray and possible surgery. They died on the way.
    What i'm raising money for is the small amounts I pay every day to try and make things a little easier for the families, a pound here for some pap (baby food), £3 there for a bus fare to a bigger hospital, a couple of quid for some medication. I want to help more, i never give a large amount but just a few £'s makes a massive difference to the families that truly can't afford it.

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    • Sally Webster1 year ago
      Sally Webster

      Sally Webster

      1 year ago

      So I'm back in SL after a couple of weeks out. I've brought back £400 of medical equipment which should last a long time. Today's nightmare is feeding breastfeeding mums, I have a mum with new triplets. She's hungry and has no food. There's two malnourished twins in the feeding centre. The hospital has no food. I'm going to spend £20 today to buy a stove, some charcoal & rice but it stresses me as what happens when I go? All I can do is buy a couple of spare stoves so they can sustain themselves for a while longer. About £600 spend so far :)

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    • Sally Webster1 year ago
      Sally Webster

      Sally Webster

      1 year ago

      Seeing how you guys have been so awesome I'm now thinking a little bigger than I had planned. I have a baby girl on the ward right now who will possibly not make it as the hospital has no power so no oxygen. I'm going to speak to the hospital boss and the WHO contacts to see what we can do about getting some way of powering the oxygen concentrator just for a few hours at a time when we really need it. It just seems wrong when a kiddie dies because they can't have oxygen. Makes me a little cross.

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    • Sally Webster1 year ago
      Sally Webster

      Sally Webster

      1 year ago

      I'm truly amazed by everyone's generosity. I've already put the money to use, I have a very poor family here whose son is 5 yrs 2 months. So he doesn't qualify for free health care by 2 months. The family can't even afford to eat never mind by drugs. So I've given them some cash to buy food and am providing the medicines. Dad was going to walk 18miles home today to try and find a relative that would come to donate blood. So I gave him £2 so he could get a bike. Also bought an NG tube for 50p🙂

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    51

    • Robert Compton

      Robert Compton

      Sep 24, 2017

      Hi Sal, my mum and dad wanted to donate some cash to help you to continue your great work. As they are the least tech savvy people ever they asked my to do it for them so here it is!

      £70.00

    • Ian Ord

      Ian Ord

      Sep 20, 2017

      Hi Sally, delighted to be able to help your cause and your hard work, with a donation.

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 11, 2017

      All the best.

    • kate delaney-morris

      kate delaney-morris

      Aug 25, 2017

      Sally, you are an awesome lady doing a very selfless job. So proud of what you are doing and hope these few kinds help you along the way. X x

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 24, 2017

    • Jay Matthews

      Jay Matthews

      Aug 22, 2017

      £20.00

    • Carina Hørup Dirchsen

      Carina Hørup Dirchsen

      Aug 22, 2017

      Keep up the good work, Sally

      £50.00

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    Moyamba, Southern Province, Sierra Leone

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