Upgraded Health Facilities Create Healthier Communities
M’balu Kamara is the Officer-in-Charge at Magbafth Maternal Child Health Post (MCHP) in Tonkolili district. She survived Ebola and came back to her health clinic, motivated to care for patients. With support from Advancing Partners, M’balu’s health facility is now able to serve its community better. The facility now meets infection prevention and control standards, which was made possible through facility renovation, installation of solar power, borehole drilling with a water tower to ensure 24/7 access to water, and through training and mentorship for health workers through the CTO.
With upgraded clinics and enhanced capabilities of health workers, patients are increasingly seeking care at their local health facilities. With better health facilities, communities are becoming more resilient.
Based on the Sierra Leone MOHS Health Management Information System, the total number of outpatient visits for Magbafth MCHP was 4,121 in 2013, which decreased to 2,974 in 2015 during the EVD outbreak, and then increased to 6,217 in 2017. The number of deliveries with skilled birth attendants increased from 87 in 2015 during the EVD outbreak to 154 in 2017. See charts below.