Postgraduate Training for Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics
The Mama-Pikin Foundation has been awarded a $3.85 million grant to support the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) and the University of Sierra Leone Teaching Hospitals Complex (USLTHC) to train obstetrician/gynecologist and pediatric specialists in Sierra Leone. The foundation will support the Sierra Leone Postgraduate College of Health Specialties and the USLTHC to train 50 obstetrician/gynecologists and 50 pediatricians in Sierra Leone by 2029. The training program is scheduled to start in September of 2021.
Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world, partly due to the lack of trained personnel. Presently, there are fewer than ten Sierra Leonean obstetrician/gynecologists and fewer than ten pediatricians in the country of seven million people; most of them are in Freetown – the country’s capital city. Most doctors have to leave Sierra Leone in order for them to become specialists, and most find it difficult to return once they have trained abroad and established themselves in those countries.
This grant seeks to address that issue by training Doctors in-country to become specialists in Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics. The grant was awarded by an anonymous donor.