Nuli Lemoh was born and educated in Bo, Sierra Leone. He came to Australia on a Commonwealth Assistance Scholarship in 1962 to study Medicine at the University of Sydney. After completing his undergraduate medical training, he went on to qualify as a paediatrician gaining his Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in London in 1977 and subsequently returning to Australia to practise Paediatrics at the Royal Hobart Hospital from 1978 to 1981. In 1982 with his Australian wife and three children he accepted a position as a paediatrician in Bo, Sierra Leone and a few years later moved to the capital, Freetown, to become the Chief Paediatrician of Sierra Leone and superintendent of the Princess Juliana Children’s Hospital. Due to the outbreak of civil war in Sierra Leone in 1991 he and his family moved back to Australia, where he set up private practice as a paediatrician.
In 1990 Sierra Leone had the worst infant mortality rate in the world, 165 /1000. Nuli had a vision of building a children’s hospital in Bo, his home town. The hospital’s mission would be to treat acute illness, be a centre of excellence for care and management, and a resource to promote the education of parents and children in better health and hygiene practices.
Thanks to the support of the Sydney University International House Alumni Association, Rotary, and many wonderful donors, funds were raised to construct the hospital on the outskirts of the city of Bo. The Bo Children’s Hospital began operating in April 2012. Nine years later it has treated over 30,000 children and has gained a reputation for quality care.