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Meet Amie: Malaria and maternal health in Sierra Leone

23/03/18

Amie is a Maternal Health Promoter in the Bombali district of Sierra Leone. Tonight Amie, and some of the other brilliant Maternal Health Promoters, Community Health Workers, Doctors and Nurses that Health Poverty Action trains and supports will be featured on Sport Relief.

Before she took part in training provided by Health Poverty Action, Amie was a Traditional Birth Attendant helping women to give birth in her community. The training she received gave her the medical knowledge to spot early danger signs in pregnancy, and to give health advice and support to pregnant women.

She now visits pregnant women in her community to check-up on them and give them maternal health advice. Her work is crucial, as she is able to spot any potential medical problems early on in pregnancy and refer women to the health facilities to receive further medical support when they need it.

Between April 2016 and March 2017, the 252 Maternal Health Promoters we support referred over 25,000 women to health facilities in the Bombali district where we work in Sierra Leone. Together, women like Amie are reducing maternal deaths in the area.

We are now working with Maternal Health Promoters, and other community members, to tackle malaria in Sierra Leone. In Bombali district where we work, malaria prevalence is one of the highest in the country. We are training Maternal Health Promoters like Amie to diagnose malaria and help prevent pregnant women from getting the disease. We are also training Community Health Workers to conduct testing in the community, and raise awareness about malaria prevention.

Tonight on Sport Relief you can learn more about the work we are doing in Sierra Leone, supported by Comic Relief.

Learn more about our work in Sierra Leone, or donate to support women like Amie.


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