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Posted by | Jul 2017
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Sierra Leone has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world 182/1000. 1 in 5 children die before the age of 5.  The main cause of preventable deaths are Malaria, Malnutrition, Diarrhoea and Pneumonia.

The Bo Children’s Hospital in Bo, Sierra Leone, is the vision of Dr Nuli Lemoh, a Sydney Paediatrician who was born in Sierra Leone and won a scholarship to study medicine at Sydney University.  After completing his degree, he returned to Sierra Leone and worked as a Paediatrician for 8 years until the Civil War broke out. He then returned to Australia with his Australian wife and 4 children.

Dr Lemoh’s vision became a reality in June 2012 when the hospital opened and has since treated over 19,000 children. It is the 2nd only Children’s Hospital in the country.  Many private donors plus Rotary Clubs and other organisations have contributed to the building of the hospital.   The Bo Children’s Hospital Foundation was established in Australia to help raise funds and support the running of the hospital. All donations through the Foundation are tax deductible. It is an approved charity through the Australian Taxation Office.   The Foundation Board is made up of prominent people and is headed by joint CEO’s Denise Curry and Philip Huon. All board members are self funding volunteers and all donations go directly to the hospital.

With your donation and support we can secure the future work of the Bo Children’s Hospital, Sierra Leone.
■ $50 can provide treatment for 20 children per month
■ $100 can provide bandages and sutures for a month
■ $200 can support full hospitalisation for 5 children per month.

The hospital has 15 plus beds but can overflow to 20 beds.  The staff vaccinate over 50 children a week and for those that cannot get to the hospital they send out nurses on a motorbike to far reaching villages to vaccinate the children. The hospital is staffed by medical professionals from the local community who take pride in their work and take full responsibility for running the hospital.

We have nurse educators on staff to educate the parents on preventative measures, e.g. hygiene, washing hands, isolation.  Two years ago we added an isolation ward to the hospital after the outbreak of Ebola to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases including measles and diarrhoea.