Converting an existing building into a nursing school.
Describe the need affecting community
Sierra Leone is rated by the United Nations as one of the least developed nations in the world; the majority of the population lives on less than one dollar a day. Because of this high level of poverty, life expectancy is among the lowest in the world. One in every five children dies before they reach their fifth birthday. Most of the deaths result from preventable diseases such as malaria, typhoid, HIV/AIDS, malnutrition and recently Ebola. Due to high levels of poverty, the vast majority of people do not have access to health delivery services. In many cases, even where these are available, they are hardly affordable. In most of the rural communities, villages are so remote that patients will have to walk for miles a day to access the nearest health delivery facility. In addition, there is an acute shortage of trained and qualified health personnel in the country and the few trained personnel are often reluctant to go and work in the remote rural communities where health needs are greatest. The Regina Bangura School of Nursing will train and equip health workers who are prepared and willing to stay in rural communities and work with and among the poor as well as in urban settings.
How will this Advance project help to address the need?
It will provide more health care personnel that are at the moment in acute supply.
Describe the primary goal of the project
To improve the health care service in Sierra Leone.
Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project
a) A healthier community contributing to the development of Sierra Leone. b) A prosperous Sierra Leone.