Ongoing funding is vital to the success of this life-saving hospital
The greatest gift that can be given to the hospital is reliable funding to cover operational costs and to obtain essential equipment and infrastructure. Below is a list of limited commitment projects that you or your organisation can support. The projects are split between immediate needs and longer term needs. A more detailed breakdown of each project is below.
Continue with funding for the hospital by the Bo Children’s Hospital Foundation ($5,500 US per month) The hospital has a dedicated, locally recruited medical team serving the hospital 24 hours a day. The medical staff consists of a part time Paediatric Medical Specialist, a full time Hospital Superintendent, full time matron and nursing staff, and full time laboratory and pharmacy assistants. In a country with an infant mortality rate of 81 / 1,000, the Bo Children’s Hospital has experienced a low mortality rate of the 31,000 plus patients it has treated since it opened in June 2012.Close
The Bo Children’s Hospital is located some 3km from the centre of Bo, on the main road to Freetown (the national capital). With an estimated local population of about 200,000, of which only a minor proportion (10%) have personal or family vehicles, a large number of people depend on commercial motor bikes for their daily transportation. Most of the patients who visit the hospital use this form of transport to access our services and also to return home. The mothers carry the children on their laps without any protection and are many times under some degree of stress. If an accident occurs, the situation gets very much more complicated. The objective of this proposal is to reduce the burden and risk associated with this type of transportation for both the mothers (care givers) and the children.
An ambulance will be primarily used to transport urgently sick children (and their mothers) from their houses in Bo or outlying villages to the hospital. Medical staff (on call or other duty) will also use it. The ambulance will serve to reduce response time and provide preliminary resuscitation, thereby helping to save lives.Close
Implement a computerized Patient Record System and Inventory System for the PharmacyClose
The hospital has a surgery to perform small operations. The surgery needs an upgraded theatre bed plus 2 suction machines.Close
Accommodation at the hospital for visiting medical staff: Each unit includes 2 bedrooms plus study, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, front and back verandas with solar power for each unit. Cost for 4 units $64,000. A water well for the quarters is a cost of $10,000.Close